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Making way for Western Avenue walkers

Business sign must move for Route 20 sidewalk, several acquisitions along roadway

— Before pedestrians step foot on newly installed sidewalks along Western Avenue, several property acquisitions must be completed. For one building housing a few businesses, that means moving its sign and making up for lost parking spaces.

Mark Reeves, managing director of Reeves Associates LLC, must move the sign for his property, located at 1525 Western Ave., because the state Department of Transportation informed him the planned sidewalks run right through it. The sign, which still reads “Roberts Real Estate,” has been up for more than 25 years and is currently located several feet off Reeves’ property on the town’s property.

Reeves is proposing to move the sign further back from the road but still on town property, without making any modifications other than placing new panels in it to show current businesses.

Guilderland Town Supervisor Ken Runion on Tuesday, Dec. 3, called for a public hearing to be held on the proposed easement for Reeves to place the sign on town property. The Town Board approved holding a hearing at its Tuesday, Dec. 17, meeting at 7:30 p.m.

“I know there has been some issues in the past with some of the residents down in McKownville when the town has granted easements on (town property),” Runion said.

Runion is also looking to accommodate the businesses through creating additional parking, because the sidewalk is knocking out access to around 10 parking spots. This includes access to a separate building, with the parcels located in between Stuyvesant Plaza and the entrance ramp to the Northway. Some spaces could be gained back from changing it to horizontal spaces as opposed to vertical.

“Parking is tight, so they’re going to need the spots somewhere,” Runion said. “On the town property it is kind of vacant … so we have the ability to create eight parking (spaces).”

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