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Loudon House to be condos after all

Developer BCI abandons switch to apartments after public comments, Planning Board decision

The former Eamonn's Loudon House was an Irish bar that was demolished by BCI construction in 2008 to make way for luxury condominiums. Construction came to a halt after the downturn of the economy but the project has made its way back into the public a developer Mike Benson said he plans to finish the job.

The former Eamonn's Loudon House was an Irish bar that was demolished by BCI construction in 2008 to make way for luxury condominiums. Construction came to a halt after the downturn of the economy but the project has made its way back into the public a developer Mike Benson said he plans to finish the job.

— “At the hearing there was a great deal of public outcry and there’s a great deal of public opposition,” Magguilli said. “There’s still even opposition to the condominiums because of the density. So because of the public opposition, they denied the request.”

Amy Fox, a resident of Patroon Place in Loudonville, said that living 820 feet from the site, she has concern about the area becoming the site of high density housing. She said she had not planned on living in a high density area and is asking the Town Board to change the area, which is currently zoned as a Planned Development District, back to single-family residential zoning.

“We are fortunate enough to live in a town that has such a robust coding system, it’s looked on by other towns for best practices,” she said. “It’s not there to erode the intent of why it was created in the first place. That’s my personal opinion. If you have a municipality that erodes the intent of the code then why do we have the code to being with?”

She also expressed a fear of apartments being built near her neighborhood as she said it would not fit the character of the surrounding area. She also had some concern over the difference between someone owning the place and someone renting it.

“There’s no ownership stake in the community and it is a burden on town and school resources,” she said. “What stops four Siena students from renting out an apartment and splitting four ways?”

Condominiums, while in some way similar to apartments, are owned by the occupants instead of just rented.

“I think it’s just important we’re communicating effectively with everyone in the area,” Benson said. “That’s what we’re trying to do. It’s in everyone’s best interest to get this thing finished.”

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