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Stanford Mansion move approved

Kevin Walsh, chairman of the planning board, said he believed the company did have a restaurant lined up, but negotiations failed to reach a positive outcome.

Linda Champagne, head of the Friends of Stanford Home, also gave an impassioned speech, which left the audience clapping.

"Everybody turned away and we all hid and this horrid thing kept happening," said Champagne. "The developer, one man with a vision of money, overtook the vision of everyone else. There was no respect shown by this developer for anything or anybody and certainly for the residents of this town."

Again, she questioned the town's oversight of the project.

"There's something terrible wrong with the engineering or this town's oversight of these things. All the trees that were cut " the tree ordinance in this town was violated because nobody went and marked the tress of a certain diameter and insisted that they be saved," said Champagne.

Champagne said many residents believe the company needs another special use permit because the plans have changed.

Eric Dickson, town attorney, said the changes don't call for another special use permit.

There wasn't much discussion between board members before approving the revised plans for Stanford Crossings. The point of elevations being absent from the originally approved plan was also not addressed by the board.

"We need to get this project going," said Walsh. "The applicant has met all the questions that the board had."

Walsh discussed stimulating the economy of Niskayuna and the importance of moving forward with a project. He said he wished someone had purchased the property and decided to preserve the history, but that isn't what happened. The developer had purchased the land and was free to develop it.

"I have confidence the building can be moved and not destroyed," said Walsh.""

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