Colonie Town Board OKs sale contract for old Heritage Park site

A resolution was adopted Thursday, May 8, allowing the Town of Colonie to seal the deal on the sale of half of Heritage Park, owned by the Town of Colonie, to Albany County.

At Thursday's meeting, Mahan said the portion of the park being sold to the county is worth about $2.7 million. Town Attorney Michael Magguilli said his goal is for the town to have the money from Albany County for the park as soon as June 30.

Magguilli was thanked by Town Board Member Brian Hogan for his work on putting together a contract for the sale of Heritage Park.

In an interview with The Spotlight Newspapers after the board meeting, Magguilli talked about the process that goes on between the county and the town until the deal is finalized. The contract was approved last night, he said, Friday, May 9. "What will happen next is Paula [Mahan] will sign that contract and then it goes back to the county of Albany."

Magguilli said the next step would be to have it sent to a committee, and then the County Legislature, before it is passed, and there could be a closing for the portion of land being sold.

According to Kerri Battle, director of communications for County Executive Mike Breslin, the sale of Heritage Park is something Breslin has been committed to since former Supervisor Mary Brizzell was in office. "When Supervisor Mahan took office, he continued to make arrangements with the town [for Heritage Park]," said Battle.

According to Battle, the half of Heritage Park the county is planning to buy is only a portion of a larger section of land the county has plans to take over. Specifically, the county is planning to do a study of nearly 160 acres of land near the Albany International Airport, said Battle, and that the county does not yet know to what use the land will be put.

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