But Golub was apparently not interested enough to put money into the Palma Lumber site until a competitor was threatening its Price Chopper store, and was not willing to take the reins on a redevelopment effort that could help the town and people right in its own backyard.
We certainly hope Golub has big, ambitious plans for this neighboring property. We hope the company builds something useful to the residents of Rotterdam and the presumed residents of the new senior housing development. Because if it doesn’t, then we see nothing more here than the very company that handed over the Curry Road Plaza robbing the town and its taxpayers of a long-awaited payday to enable a real estate sneak attack.
Is all this perfectly legal? Yes. Shrewd business? Absolutely. But is it neighborly? Well, we leave that to your determination.
We hope the residents of Rotterdam will join us in watching and waiting for the first proposals from Golub for use of the Palma Lumber property.