Selkirk apartments pitched to planners

"We thought we could do a benefit to the town with apartments because there are tax implications," he said.

Apartments also tend to have fewer child occupants and thus a lesser impact on the school district, said town planners.

Planning Board member John Smolinsky said he'd like to see a more detailed financial analysis in the applicant's next presentation.

Town planners indicated that a coordinated review process that would involve the Department of Transportation, Albany County and other agencies would be preferable for this project, but also said the site plan isn't detailed enough to launch into that process. Hershberg said the plan will be worked on and be ready to come back in one or two months.

The board voted 6-0 to table the application. Board member Christine Motta was absent.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the Planning Board voted 6-0 to forward to the Town Board a positive recommendation on rezoning a North Bethlehem plot of land to accommodate the Blessings Corner condominium development.

The project was the subject of some controversy when the developer wanted to build a Stewart's gas station at the corner of Russell and Krumkill roads. That element of the project was dropped in favor of two more condominium buildings after neighbors offered strong resistance to the idea.

The new design that the Town Board will consider calls for 52 condominium units on two plots, one at the corner and a larger grouping up Russell Road. If the Town Board approves the Planned Development District rezoning, the applicant will come back to the Planning Board for a more detailed site plan approval.

If approved, the developer wouldn't be able to add a commercial element to the project unless the PDD is amended, said Director of Economic Development and Planning Michael Morelli.

"A planned development can always be amended, but it must go back through a lengthy, rigorous review process," he said.

The Town Board will be required to hold a public hearing on the rezoning.


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