Colonie Town Board OKs sale contract for old Heritage Park site

"The study is going to do an analysis and help us determine what the best use of the land would be," she said.

The portion of Heritage Park being sold only occupies 21 acres of the almost 160 being studied.

Battle said she does not know how long the study will take because of the size of the land and the number of parcels that are located in the area being studied.

"At one point in time, there was consideration of it being the site for the county nursing home," said Battle, "But the location of the nursing home really needed to be closer to transportation. That really is off-the-table now."

Battle did not name any other specific considerations for the use of the land.

As far as the contract goes, Magguilli said the contingencies are very few. He explained that currently Albany County and the Town of Colonie are joint tenants of Heritage Park. After Albany County signs the contract to purchase the land, Magguilli said, "The contract calls for certain contingencies that have to be met," and, "They might want to do a state quality review," so that they can evaluate the quality of the land.

No residents voiced concern regarding the sale at the May 8 Town Board meeting, and according to Battle, no major concerns have been raised in the past few years other than those against placing the nursing home in that location.

The date of the sale is uncertain, according to Battle, and while Magguilli said his goal is to have the contract signed by both parties on June 30, he also said that he has even higher hopes for the signing to be completed sooner.

"Now that may be a little optimistic," he said, "But optimism is never a bad thing.""

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