Neighbors unclear about nursing home plans

Glenville residents ask county to provide more details about Glendale facility

As surveyors put out stakes and prepare the Hetcheltown Road site for a new Glendale Nursing Home, neighbors of the facility have expressed concerns about what they feel is the county's lack of transparency regarding the project.

During a Glenville Town Board meeting on Wednesday, July 21, residents of Cedar Lane and board members said they feel the Schenectady County Legislature hasn't disclosed enough information regarding the construction of a new 140,000-square-foot Glendale Nursing Home.

Any time the government does something and doesn't seem to be open and transparent about it, people start to get nervous, said Supervisor Christopher Koetzle. "I wanted to set up a work session for us to talk, so the residents can hear what everyone is thinking. It will be interesting to see what the county has proposed."

A proposed Aug. 11 session was rejected by County Manager Kathleen Rooney. County officials said they are still working out the details of the project.

"We are going to try to make this as open as possible," said county spokesman Joseph McQueen. "We don't know where it's going to be and what it is completely going to look like. We don't know where it is going to be place and will not have that information till late summer."

In May 2009, the county authorized the construction of the 200-bed facility at a cost of more than $50.5 million. The old facility at the site was slated to be demolished.

Kathy Sen, a resident of Cedar Lane, said she has been unable to get answers about the project, including cost, location, energy efficiency and environmental impact.

"[The County Legislature] too should be held to the same high standards of construction management teams," said Sen. "Consider the fact that we, as your town residents, are represented barely. I hope you would advocate for a facility that doesn't affect our open space."

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