continued The company owns and manages Shady Lane Apartments with 444 garden apartments, a 40,000-square-foot retail plaza, two office buildings totaling 30,000 square feet and a 1,300-square-foot building for traveling executives, which is all clustered on Route 50 in Glenville.
Planning Commission Chairman Michael Carr, along with fellow board members, expressed support for the project, but there was one letter submitted in objection to the development based on the groundwater drainage concerns.
Frederick and Carolyn Glaser, of Skyway Drive in Scotia, live adjacent to Socha Plaza and said the land behind the plaza is designated federal wetlands, while the property behind the Glasers is state wetlands.
“The drainage pipe leading from the state wetland back into The Return (a residential neighborhood) was installed too high and has never worked to drain excess water as it should,” the Glasers’ letter said. “Before The Return, the wetlands mostly dried up for at least a full month in the summer, but now are always full of water.”
The large body of water has spurred an abundance of mosquitoes, the couple said, which they fear could be a health risk. Also, they claimed since The Return was built, the water levels in the wetlands have risen.
Planning members did acknowledge there are drainage issues around the area mentioned, but the development wouldn’t exacerbate any existing drainage problem.
The County IDA, administered by Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority, is planning to provide a waiver on sales tax for building materials used to construct the new building and a payment in lieu of tax (PILOT) agreement on the new building. The company would continue paying 100 percent of its taxes on the land where the project would be built.