Loudon House project gets a second hearing

Future of condo development still unclear, town looking into approval status

— Three hours at a Planning Board public hearing was not enough time for those opposed to the proposed luxury condos at the former Eamonn’s Loudon House, as many of them spoke up at a later Town Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6.

On the agenda for the evening was a resolution to accept or reject the Planning Board’s recommendation on whether to allow BCI Construction to develop condominiums or apartment units at the Loudon House, located at 6 Schuyler Road and 151 Menand Road. BCI was seeking an amendment to Local Law No. 12 of 2007 that would allow for apartments or condominiums instead of luxury condominiums at the former Loudon House site, but the Planning Board rejected the plan.

Several residents expressed their dissatisfaction at the public hearing — which eventually led to the Planning Board’s decision — over the idea of apartments or condominiums. That wasn’t enough, though, as many of them don’t want a complex there at all.

“I understand the invested money in this project… but the investment won’t be what it’s worth if this is built,” said resident Joan Lemme. “You can put in five single-family homes or town houses and I would be fine with that. It’s not fair to those of us that bought houses where there would not be 24 condominiums in our backyard.”

A fact sheet being distributed before the meeting on Loudon House letterhead contained the basic scope of the project. There is proposed to be 24 units with interior layouts ranging between 1,288 square feet to 1,946 square feet. The project is also proposed to have an underground parking garage that would hold 33 parking spaces and a parking lot above ground with 25 parking spaces. The amount of green space provided at the site would be 74,000 square feet, or 64 percent of the overall site.

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