The critical Public Hearing at Niskayuna Town Hall,
for a Special Use Permit, will be on
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at
The developer's goal for the special permit would allow a shopping mall to be
created at the State Street and Balltown Road site of the present parklands and
mansion of Ingersoll/Stanford.
All interested people will be able to express their views on the proposed destruction
of the grove of large trees and dismemberment of the building.
After a year of public outcry against the terrible plan, developer John Roth
of Schenectady has decided he will destroy only the ca.1840 section and the ca.1950s
sections of the grand and useful building, but will graciously permit the 1816
section to remain. That historic structure would be altered and converted into
a restaurant. But no notable historic preservation person has been invited to
consult with developer Roth to preserve the historic details of this building,
and no guarantee has been put in place to insure that the building and its special
setting upon a graceful hill, will remain in its present artistic relationship.
On the contrary, this land, the highest on the roadway for miles between Albany
and Schenectady, will be leveled around most all but the foundation, to permit
the greatest number of ugly and 'modern' strip mall style buildings to encircle
and violate the beauty of this place.
As with many current sprawl-developers, money and not artistic talent or good
community designing, mark their drive to create commercial establishments where
no public need exists. Thus, great and beautiful trees, open space and a grand
setting of a beautiful red brick building will be eliminated from the public
consciousness. And this area of Niskayuna and Schenectady County will be totally
bereft of elegance and the sense of joy that comes from such a combination. The
people who let this travesty happen are often able to retreat, with their money,
to places they have bought for themselves where attractive land still surrounds
their own homes.
Why such men and women with little community commitment are permitted to exercise
their single purpose, to make money at the expense of our community rights to
an attractive and shared 'common,' is a terrible trend in America.
Will hundreds of people come to Niskayuna Town Hall and say to this five-member
Town Board, "Enough! No more stores in this special place. There is an
entire and sufficient Mall across the street. Leave this beauty alone."
That is the hope of the Friends of Stanford Home!