Neighbors against Golub rezone

Rotterdam residents said that rezoning to light industrial 15 acres of land owned by the Golub Corporation on Duanesburg Road will increase traffic in their neighborhood and lower property values.

I find myself as passionately against this project now as I was about a year ago when we were invited to speak on this because we are still fighting for the quality of our lives, said resident Mari Warner, at the Wednesday, Feb. 24, Town Board meeting. "I feel we are fighting for the value of our homes."

At the meeting, a number of residents came out to oppose rezoning the Duanesburg Road parcels from retail business and agriculture to light industrial. They said they were worried about the possibility for increase traffic and noise by tractor-trailers and the chance of decreased assessments on their homes.

Also at the meeting, Commissioner of Economic Development and Planning Ray Gillen and Chuck Steiner of the Chamber of Schenectady County, came out in support of the development.

Town Supervisor Frank Del Gallo said that talks between the town and the Golub Corporation about the rezoning are ongoing, and the public still has time to comment on the proposal.

"We're going to listen to more public comment and go from there," said Del Gallo.

Vice President of Public Relations for the Golub Corporation Mona Golub said the proposal includes adding a new entry point to the company's warehouses at Route 7 and Dunnsville Road in order to accommodate expansion. Golub Corporation has moved a buffer zone from 35 feet to 235 feet in response to residents' concerns. The company has been at the location since 1961.

"We can appreciate that there may not be a perfect solution for everyone, however, we should be able to find a solution to work with," said Golub.

According to Whiteman, Osterman and Hannah, the law firm that represented the corporation at the meeting, the new Dunnsville Road entrance will help the growth of the company and allow it to invest back into the region. The law firm said that over the past 20 years, the corporation has invested $52 million in the area, and the expansion will allow them to stay competitive.

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