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GE proposes new research facility

The building will be located at the Niskayuna portion of the property near Building K West. The facility will have an overhead crane, a test rig totally encompassed by steel plates, a pit to house associated equipment and a mezzanine with computer equipment for the testing.

"This facility will be very hard to see from River Road, because of all the trees," said Provost, adding it will have a brick front to try to blend in with surrounding buildings.

By the end of this year the facility will be built, said Provost, and then the equipment for the facility will be brought in the following months.

Niskayuna Town Planner Kathy Matern said after the presentation that the project is classified as "minor" according the town's storm water management code. Due to the zoning districts of the project area it doesn't require a public hearing. The Planning Board though could decide to hold one.

Kevin Walsh, chairman of the Planning Board, noted the building would remove some parking spots, but Provost said this isn't a concern; over the years GE has removed islands for vegetation within the lot to create more spaces.

The Town Environmental Advisory Council will review the project on its Wednesday, June 8, meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

"I see no, or at least serious, hurdles right now (for the review)," said Walsh.""

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