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. 

The New Scotland zoning board is being asked to clarify a provision in the zoning that not only impacts Richard Long’s 2080 New Scotland Road project, but every property in the hamlet district subject to that section of the code. 

Initially proposed in April as a 5-megawatt ground-mounted solar array with an ask to chop down over 41 acres of mature forest, Seaboard Solar in May presented the New Scotland Zoning Board of Appeals with a 4.2-megawatt system while shrinking the acreage it intended to fell for the proposed site. 

Jonathan Phillips, the owner and president of his family’s hardware store, told The Enterprise he could have been up and running by the end of the year, but the issue is that the general store and Dunkin’ would be built long before a gas tank would ever get put in the ground. 

Morgan Guilderland Shopping Center LLC on June 25 sold the 15,554-square-foot Park Guilderland Shopping Center and its disputed acreage to K and K Guilderland LLC, a Niskayuna-based limited-liability company that formed a month earlier, according to Department of State filings. 

Wasting no time, on the day the Appellate Court handed down its decision, July 8, Pyramid’s lawyers fired off a letter to a judge in the second case, making him aware of the outcome and asking him to “dismiss the petition in its entirety.”

 In return for a $70.8 million project, Hiawatha Land Development is seeking from the Guilderland IDA about $4.1 million in sales-tax exemptions, about $664,000 in mortgage-recording tax exemptions, and $1.06 million in property-tax exemptions.


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