We must work together to fix Guilderland’s eyesore

To the Editor:

It was an interesting read on the Central Warehouse located in Albany. The column by Jessie Sommer was excellent [“Mr. Blum, tear down this eyesore!” The Altamont Enterprise, Jan. 30, 2020].

We in Guilderland have our own “central warehouse” at the corner of Route 20 and Foundry Road. This is a collection of several dilapidated buildings. There is a possible remedy to this mess proposed by Mr. Armand Quadrini [“Quadrini prepared to pay over $2M to clean and build on Master Cleaners site,” The Altamont Enterprise, Jan. 20, 2020].

We owe it to ourselves to put aside differences and work together in a community spirit to work with Mr. Quadrini on his proposals. We need positive feedback and energy from the developer, the current owner, the Guilderland Town Board, the town planning department, the building and zoning department, and the state’s departments of transportation and health.

The town board has to take the lead in coordinating these efforts. Community participation should be welcomed. My question to all of you is: If not this, then will you be happy with this eyesore in the heart of Guilderland? We must all work together on this.

As some of you know, I painted the Guilderland historical markers. My fondest wish would be the erection of a new marker extolling community cooperation and participation in getting this site to be a community asset.

John Haluska


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