Loudon House project gets a second hearing

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

— All of this is proposed to be built on a 2.3-acre plot of land.

Much of what would surround the condominium complex are single-family residential homes. Many of the residents that live in that area complained at the meeting that the traffic situation is already horrendous and that adding a high-density project to the area would increase the headache.

One resident named Harry Kornblau just moved into Loudonville last year. He said he chose to move there because of the reputation the area has built up as a nice place to live, but feels with a project such as Loudon House bears a threat to that reputation. With doubling the volume of the area, he said it would cause even more havoc to the Route 9 traffic situation.

“Route 9 is treacherous,” Kornblau said. “The mornings and evenings are horrible and when there are sporting events it is difficult. When I have company coming over I have to give a 10-minute forewarning of the turning lane and the dangers involved. This will add to the treachery.”

The density situation was not the only issue for the residents, though. Many of them also had problems with the lack of notification of the meetings about the project. Several residents said they had problems with the Mary Brizzel administration and how it disseminated information out to the public.

Supervisor Paula Mahan said it was an issue her administration was trying to correct and that the Planning and Economic Development Department tries to give notices to everyone within 200 feet of the property line, which is based off the town’s land use law.

“We’re looking to broaden that,” said Planning Department Director Joe LaCivita. “We’re looking to bring ourselves out to the public more than in the past.”

The developer, Mike Benson, held a meeting for residents on Wednesday, Oct. 5, to hear concerns. Several residents at the Town Board meeting were outraged that they were not notified of the meeting and saw it as another example of the disorganization of the developer.

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