At the January CANA (Capital Area Neighborhood Association)
meeting, Jerry Jennings announced that, unless the City of Albany
gets its landfill approved in Coeymans, it will look for another
landfill expansion at the current landfill site, into the former
Fox Run Mobile Home Park. As a requirement by the Department
of Environmental Conservation for the permit for the last landfill
expansion, the City of Albany purchased and agreed to add the
former Fox Run Mobile Home Park to the Preserve. The City bought
the property in August of 2000 for $3.2 million.
As far as SPB can determine, the mobile home park is a 60 acre
site. The trailers were on 20 acres, and 40 acres are undeveloped.
The 40 acres have already been dedicated to the Preserve, but
the remaining 20 have not been. The City should do the right
thing, dedicate the 20 acres to the Preserve, and look for other
ways to deal with the garbage problem, rather than landfilling.
Of course it all comes down to money - 10% of the City’s
revenue comes from the landfill.
Another proposal on the Karner Blue migration route
The Albany Planning Board plans to review a 14.8 acre proposal
for an expansion of Daughter’s of Sarah Nursing Home at
its March 13, 9:00 am meeting. This land is adjacent to the
Avila House site, and is an important potential Karner Blue
migration route. Building on this site will destroy any possibility
of Karner Blues being able to re-populate the Blueberry Hill
site by migration from the Crossgates Maul site and down the
power lines. Write to the Albany Planning Board to express your
outrage that they would even consider allowing development here:
Albany City Planning Board, 21 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12210.