Tuesday January 23 Public
special use permit which allows another mall in Niskayuna
Dear Friends of Ingersoll/Stanford parklands and all preservationists:
Tonight, Tuesday January 23rd is the important Public Hearing on
the special use permit that would allow a mall at Ingersoll/Stanford
lands and mansion, across from the current Mohawk Commons on Balltown
Road and State Street in Niskayuna, Schenectady County. We urge you
speak against the special use permit or submit a statement for the
This is a sprawl project that will add a drug store, banks, two strip
malls, etc. on the 12 acre greenspace.
7 p.m. at Town hall on Nott Street Extension in Niskayuna.
Nott street is a right hand turn off Balltown Road, Rt. 146, going
north The Town Hall is on the left side of the Nott Street extension,
less or about one mile from the traffic light on Balltown.
The five town board members are usually 3 to 2 for the developers.
We are after a swing vote by showing a huge interest in the building
and parklands being protected from a mall on that beautiful green
The financial projection states that 25 percent of the business at
the new Mall will be 'new' income; the other 75 percent will be siphoning
off business from existing retail businesses. Why?
The developer is also a construction firm and they make their money
on the building of new structures. The failure rate of malls is 20
years or so. The land at this spot has been a residence since 1760s.
Don't let the especially beautiful place be replaced by box stores
and parking lots, for a 20-year life.
It can be a center for international tourism, a classic restaurant
and inn, a state or national historic site. The history of the famous
families who lived there are worthy of educational and cultural interpretations,
with the use of extensive space in the 19th and 20th Century additions.
It could be a combination of uses, providing rentable space for not-for-profit
and businesses who appreciate and benefit from a beautiful setting.
The old trees and graceful hill, the elegant brick home of 1816,
are an oasis in a major travel corridor with little other greenspace
The Town Board vote comes later in February but tonight's record
will be important to influence the council members and be part of
the legal record for a court case if the board votes to let the mall
And pass this on to all. Everyone can speak. The press will be there,
and they do head counts to show serious interest.
Friends of Stanford Home