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Stormwater issues key in Guilderland townhouse proposal

In an August that has seen many rainy days and flooding streets, stormwater was the hot issue at the Guilderland Town Board's Tuesday, Aug. 18, meeting, which featured a presentation for a townhouse project.

After hearing a detailed stormwater plan, residents and board members voiced concerns about drainage and taxing districts for the proposal made by Amedore Homes.

The board is expected to vote in October to rezone a parcel of land that could allow the builder to construct 42 townhouses.

The board decided to hold on a vote at the Aug. 18 meeting because of some lingering questions about managing the stormwater drainage district.

Town Board member Warren Redlich said the project's stormwater mitigation plan will ultimately have a broad benefit to the town and the project should move forward.

The developer would greatly help the area with drainage, Redlich said.

Redlich said he is not a supporter of the town's comprehensive plan, which calls for those types of developments, but in this case, the pros outweigh the cons.

"I think there's plenty high-density residential housing already," he said.

Redlich said he was apprehensive about the development's traffic impact but was sold on the stormwater benefits to the rest of the area.

"If there's basements that are getting wet, let's fix them," Redlich said.

The rezone is for a 23-acre parcel with 0.65 acres dedicated to non-retail professional, according to information presented at the meeting.

Bob Smith, who lives in a development to the south of the proposed project, raised issues related to stormwater.

"Basements that were dry are becoming wet," he said.

By the end of Amedore's presentation, Smith said he was satisfied with the mitigation plan.

Other residents who live on Old State Road, where the development will be built, voiced support for the development but had concerns with how the drainage will be managed and how much water will be mitigated.

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