SPB Needs Your Help
to Fight Road

by Lynne Jackson

Last summer, Judge Thomas Keegan handed down a win for Save the Pine Bush overturning a vote by the Common Council to make the "Loop Road" or Columbia Circle Drive a public road.

The problem is, the Common Council is going to vote again, perhaps in the next couple of weeks. This road is a disaster for the Pine Bush.
The road was built two years ago. It destroyed 3.5 acres of Pine Bush. The road was built with no environmental impact statement, with no input from the public, and no thought given for the fact it is a stone's throw from the Pine Bush preserve.
OK, you say. It's only 3.5 acres (I've heard that before, but when you add up all those little acres, you have one big piece of destroyed land). The road is a disaster for the Pine Bush because it opens fifty to seventy acres of Pine Bush up to development.

OK, you say, so the road is bad. But the road is built. It's too late to do anything, isn't it? It is definitely not too late. Because of SPB's win, the "road" is really just a long driveway. No new buildings can be built along this long driveway. It is essential that the City of Albany reject this road.

Already, a development is being proposed to be built along this road. Columbia Development Corporation and Teresian House are proposing to construct senior citizen housing between the road and the Pine Bush preserve. This project may be brought before the Albany Planning Board as soon as Thursday, January 25. .
SPB needs you to call or write to your Alderman, asking that they vote no on "Ordinance 18.72.95, An Ordinance accepting conveyance of certain land located in the City of Albany for street proposed to be known as Columbia Circle Drive."
The following are some reasons you can tell your alderman why the road should not be made into a public road:

Please take a few minutes and call or write. If you do not live in the City of Albany, please select an alderman to call anyway, pointing out that the Pine Bush should be preserved for all residents of the Capital District. The aldermen are listed in the October/November newsletter. Or you can call City Hall information at 518/434-5075. With your help, this is a fight we can win!

Printed Jan/Feb 96


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