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Neighbors share concerns about Glendale project

Losing open space is top on the list of worries for residents

Residents of Cedar Lane in Glenville have enjoyed the open space near the Indian Kill Preserve for several years, but many now worry that open space will be sacrificed when the new Glendale Nursing Home is built.

Next to the current Glendale Nursing Home on Hetcheltown Road is a popular hill known as the Glenville Sledding Hill to many Schenectady County residents. Above the hill is a large field bordering the homes of many residents on Cedar Lane. This land is more than just open space to many of them; it is a place of fond memories.

In May 2009, the county authorized the construction of a new 200-bed Glendale Nursing Home costing more than $50.5 million. When construction is complete, the current facility is slated to be demolished. In mid-July, surveyors started working in the county-owned open space behind homes of residents on Cedar Lane.

Many residents voiced concerns at a July 21 Glenville Town Board meeting about what they believed to be a lack of openness surrounding the project. Following the meeting, the Cedar Lane neighbors started a petition and gathered 220 signatures in nine days.

Cedar Lane resident Lisa Burton said concerns about preserving the open space and sledding hill aren't limited to the street's residents.

It is not only us residents in the neighborhood, it is everyone, said Burton. "This is something that even older people talk about being here and how much fun they had."

Children throughout the county come to the sledding hill, and, Burton said, the elderly residents at the nursing home "love watching the kids sleigh riding." She even suggested the home build a sitting area or windows to make it easier for the residents to watch.

"These are kids not sitting home or sitting in front of the TV or computer; they're out here sleigh riding all winter long," said Burton. "It is something that is free and is beautiful."

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