Plan to build Little League fields in Rotterdam scuttled

County officials are no longer interested in buying property off Guilderland Avenue where they inten
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County officials are no longer interested in buying property off Guilderland Avenue where they intended to build Little League fields, one of the landowners confirmed Wednesday.

Angelo Caschera, one of five owners of the 8.9 acres, said the deal fell through sometime last month after county officials determined they couldn’t build some of the fields to regulation size. County legislators authorized a deal to purchase the land for $260,000, provided they could build at least three fields.

Cashera said the group is still considering their options after waiting more than a year for the county to finish studies on the property. For now, he said the plan is to revive its plan to build two soccer fields on the property.

“We don’t know yet,” he said Wednesday. “We’re still up in the air.”

Preliminary reports by the Army Corps of Engineers in June showed enough land was available for four playing fields plus other improvements. Previously, county officials indicated their purchase agreement with the five owners would expire this month.

Ray Gillen, the county commissioner for economic development and planning, said the property is suitable for three fields, but not optimal for the Rotterdam Little League’s purposes. He said county officials still haven’t made a final determination on the land.

“It’s functional but its not optimal,” he said of the property Wednesday.

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