County Legislature OKs environmental review, Farley questions funding
County Legislators are another step closer to beginning construction of the new Glendale Nursing Home in Glenville.
More than a month after the Glendale presentation by county officials on Jan. 26, which included concept plans and an overall footprint, a negative declaration was granted on the State Environmental Quality Review for the project during the County Legislature meeting on Tuesday, March 8. In the SEQR Environmental Review Form the sledding hill next to the property is stated to remain undisturbed and the concept plan appears congruent to the current direction.
"We presented a plan for public feedback and the feedback has been overwhelming positive, so the Glendale home will be built where we always envisioned it being built," said Susan Savage, Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature. "There was never any plan to touch the hill and there was never any plan to touch the field, although we were happy to listen to neighbors concerns about the field."
Savage contested while concerns were raised about the adjacent field, which some residents dubbed "The Indian Kill Field," there wasn't a plan to build on the field, but the option did remain open during discussions in the Legislature. Proponents to preserve the field and sledding hill came out in support of the Legislature's SEQR application retaining the open space.
"By choosing the place the new Glendale Nursing Home in front of the existing structure you have taken into consideration the importance of maintaining the open space of the sledding hill and adjacent meadow," said Kathy Sen, who lives on Cedar Lane, adjacent to the field. "It is hoped you will include the field along with the sledding hill before it is submitted to New York State. I presume this was merely an oversight."
Raymond Collar, also a Cedar Lane resident, said he would "deeply grateful" if the application was stated as not disturbing the field before it was approved and sent to the Department of Environmental Conservation.