City Council files plans to rezone Stadium Golf Club, citing lack of information – The Daily Gazette
SCHENECTADY — City Council on Monday opted out of a proposal to rezone more than 50 acres belonging to the Stadium Golf Club, citing a lack of information about plans to redevelopment the property.
Scannell Properties, an Indiana-based development company, is seeking to rezone 54.6 acres that are part of the 18-hole golf course from multi-family residential to a C-5 business district, a move that could accommodate dozens of commercial uses, including retail and light assembly.
But it’s unclear what the property would be used for if the rezoning were approved. A rezoning request submitted by Scannell only states that the company seeks to use the property for commercial purposes, but notes that no “specific user” has been identified for the site.
The golf course owner announced plans to sell the 119-acre property to Scannell last year, although the sale is contingent on the company securing the rezoning.
The council’s development and planning committee agreed to file an application to advance a necessary environmental impact study and forward the rezoning application to the planning commission for review.
Members instead agreed to send a letter to Scannell Properties seeking additional information about the project, a recommendation from Mayor Gary McCarthy, who said he was also concerned about redevelopment of the site.
“Under the C-5 proposal, I personally think it opens up too many options that would have negative connotations for some of the adjacent landowners in that part of town,” he said.
The property extends into Rotterdam near Interstate 890, just south of Route 7. The company is also looking to rezone 62.4 acres of the property on the Rotterdam side from residential to commercial.
Several residents belonging to the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association – the neighborhood where the golf course is located – said residents had a number of concerns about the potential impact the rezoning application and future development of the property would have on the neighborhood, including traffic and impacts on neighboring properties.
Spero Zoulas, who attended the meeting with her husband Chad Putman, said he was concerned about the possibility of large vehicles accessing the site from residential streets and the impact this would have on quality of life. and resident safety.
He added that he would like to see Scannell Properties be more transparent with their proposals and that he heard the company had approached a number of residents along Kings Road to build an access road to the site.
The company proposes to create an entry point to the property on Jackson Avenue, a residential street, although no other entry or exit point has been proposed at this time.
A preliminary traffic study submitted with the rezoning application recommends reviewing a number of traffic issues, including the impact on a number of intersections along Route 7 and State Street.
“We just want to work more with the developer to understand what they’re intending and to be a bit more transparent in what they think (are) about developing this. [site]said Zoulas. “What they presented to the committee today is not the whole truth based on what we have heard from neighbors who line the property.”
Zoulas said he was not against developing the property, but noted that any plan must benefit the city and take into consideration the concerns of local residents.
Putman, meanwhile, said the city needs to take a hard look at how any development plan for the site would benefit the city.
He noted that most of Rotterdam from the property is landlocked by rail lines and I-890, and that entry to all facilities built in Rotterdam should be on city streets.
“If Rotterdam sets up an industrial park to increase its tax base, we bear the brunt of any vehicles or products that come in and out of that facility,” he said. “The city of Schenectady should have a say in what it should look like, unless Rotterdam works with the state on a new access point.”
The Woodlawn Neighborhood Association plans to hold a community meeting on March 2 to hear from residents.
When asked if Scannell Properties would attend the meeting, Putman said he was hopeful.
“I don’t want them to feel like they’re being attacked,” he said. “I would really like this to be a mutual conversation.”
Contact journalist Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.
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