ALBANY, NY: The Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial
Department decided against the Karner Blue Butterfly and for
more construction in the Pine Bush.
Save the Pine Bush had brought suit against the City of Albany
Planning Board over its approval of an upscale senior housing
facility proposed by the Roman Catholic Dioceses behind the
Teresian House on Washington Avenue Extension. The proposed
30-acre site is adjacent to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, contains
native Pine Bush species, contains good habitat for the Karner
Blue Butterfly, and is part of the potential migration route
for the Karner Blue from the Crossgates Maul site to the main
part of the Preserve.
Part of the 30-acre site was set-aside for this migration route,
however, Save the Pine Bush believes this migration route is
much too small.
If you are concerned about this site, please write to Bishop
Howard Hubbard, Roman Catholic Diocese, 40 North Main Avenue,
Albany, NY 12203 and ask him to find another location for the
Avila House senior housing facilities. To see a sample letter,
Printed in the January/February 2003 Newsletter