Plans are under way for the Galesi Group to complete the redevelopment of the building by 2009. Late last year, the county announced that the Schenectady County Department of Social Services will rent a 47,000-square-foot building on the property.
While the county will be able to move forward with their economic development plan once the embankment is stable, Ryan said that fixing the slope is also an issue of safety.
Ryan said that in 1996, part of Hamilton Hill collapsed due to heavy rains, burying the former Tel Oil Co. gas station and killing a man who was pumping gas.
While that hillside has since been stabilized, he said the incident serves as a reminder as to why obtaining FEMA funding is vital to the county.
County officials also said that qualifying for aid from FEMA will allow for the protection of power lines, water and sewer lines and a comprehensive stabilization program to prevent future slope failures.
According to Ryan, future funding could also focus on improving areas susceptible to flooding like Rosendale Road and Mohawk Road in Niskayuna
"I'm looking at things from a transportation perspective," said Ryan.