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Town OKs Phillipin Kill Manor rezone

Public hearing held on Blessing Corner condos

The Town Board on Wednesday, May 26, approved a planned development district rezone for the Phillipin Kill Manor project in Slingerlands, which clears the way for the developer to bring a site plan to the Planning Board.

The proposed development is a mix of townhomes, single-family homes and a few estate style mansions located off of Fisher Boulevard. The developer has promised to donate a 35-acre parcel of land along the Phillipin Kill to the Five Rivers Environmental Educational Center or other preservation group, and allow an easement from the road for public access to the land.

Councilman Mark Hennessey voted against the rezone.

Councilman Kyle Kotary reiterated his support for the project due to its housing diversity.

"We really need to take a look at ... projects that quite frankly have not only a community benefit and a fiscal benefit, but also not a huge financial cost," he said.

The Planning Board will now take a more detailed look at the project during the subdivision approval process.

Blessing Corner public hearing held

A public hearing was held on a proposed planned development district rezoning to allow for a development of condominiums in North Bethlehem.

Known as Blessings Corner, the project would feature 52 condo units on Russell Road. The developer had originally proposed including a Stewart's gas station at the corner of Russell and Krumkill Road, but dropped it in favor of more housing after neighbors protested.

Wednesday's comments were briefer and less emotional than when the gas station was at issue, but several residents spoke for and against it.

Jim Martley, who lives near the site and has long been vocal, said he'd like more assurance commercial elements couldn't be added on later. The developer would have to go through a town review to amend the PDD zoning.

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