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The Berne Town Hall.

Berne Planning Board member Lawrence Zimmerman resigned in November over frustrations that the town is not following the guidance of its own comprehensive plan. Former town board member Dawn Jordan says that ideology and partisanship got in the way, along with some more proasic — and even healthy — obstacles.

Plug Power is seeking to construct a 350,000-square-foot office, manufacturing, and warehousing facility in the Vista Technology Park, which is located mostly in Bethlehem.

Airgas is a major producer of gases used in manufacturing, food production, and health care. The company was recently approved to build a liquid argon gas storage and distribution facility inside the 550-acre industrial park, which will entail installing ten 15,000-gallon storage tanks on the site, each at a height of 46 feet, 9 inches. 

 The New Scotland Planning Board at its November meeting began the process of subdividing the former Bender melon farm into preservable and commercially-viable parcels.

A number of proposals — including three solar projects — were reviewed by the Guilderland Zoning Board of Appeals board during its Oct. 20 meeting. 

Acting Albany County Supreme Court Judge Roger McDonough in an Oct. 7 decision found a number of Save the Pine Bush’s arguments and requests for relief “to be lacking in merit” and dismissed the case. 

The process to replace two county planning board members had been shrouded in mystery. Albany County Legislator Mark Grimm shed a beam of light on the dark procedure.

ALBANY COUNTY — Two members of the county’s planning board were slated for replacement without their knowledge.

1975 Western Ave., once known as Westlawn Lanes, is seeking a special-use permit for a change of use from a bowling alley to a local shopping center. The application was OK’d by the Albany County Planning Board on Sept. 16. The proposal has yet to come before any Guilderland town boards. 

Hiawatha Land Development will be receiving about $2.46 million in sales-tax exemptions and approximately $664,000 in mortgage-recording tax exemptions, but not the $1.06 million in property-tax exemptions it had been seeking. 

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