Disappointing to see Pyramid projects delayed

To the Editor:

I recently saw that a judge challenged the approvals for Costco and the apartments adjacent to Crossgates [“Guilderland residents’ lawsuit halts Pyramid projects, for now”].

To say that a “hard look” was not taken is not accurate. The process was very open for all to have concerns addressed and, in fact, the Guilderland Planning Board and town officials began reviewing the projects over two years ago, based on the information that has been available on the town of Guilderland’s website. 

The town required the developer to take many steps to reduce the impacts of the projects and every aspect was examined from traffic, noise, environmental matters, etc. They have received support from elected officials, the Pine Bush Commission, the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, neighbors, and others who live close to the project, to include representatives of the Rapp Road Historic District.

It’s very disappointing to see that one decision has delayed projects that are consistent with the long-term plans of the town of Guilderland. This is a tremendous project for our town and we really need to see that it gets back on track and soon.

Adam DiPietro

Guilderland

Editor’s note: The “hard look” test, defined by law, requires an agency reviewing an action to: identify the areas of environmental concern; analyze the areas of concern to determine if the action may have a significant adverse impact; and support its determination with evidence.

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