Schenectady County

Court of Appeals refuses to hear Ingersoll Home appeal

The long-running battle over the former Ingersoll Home appears to have come to an end before reachin
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The long-running battle over the former Ingersoll Home appears to have come to an end before reaching the state’s highest court.

The state Court of Appeals today refused to hear an appeal of an Appellate Division ruling allowing a developer to build around the historic structure.

“We’re quite pleased,” attorney Lou Lecce, who represents Highbridge Development, said this afternoon. “We believe this is what the decision should have been at the lower court level.”

The decision now removes all barriers to the construction of Stanford Crossings at Balltown Road and State Street. Lecce said his client has yet to decide when work would begin.

Preservationists had fought for more than two years to stop the project and convinced a judge last fall to rule in their favor, blocking the project. But the Appellate Division reversed that ruling in April, finding unanimously against the activists.

At issue was whether the proposed site for the proposed strip mall and the site of the new Ingersoll home on Consaul Road should have been considered together for environmental impacts. The Appellate Division found that the crossings project and the new Ingersoll home were separate projects for environmental review, not linked.

The lower court found the opposite, setting the approval process back months.

Attorney Lewis Oliver, who represented the group calling itself the Friends of the Stanford Home, said late this afternoon he had yet to hear of the court’s decision. He declined comment until he could see it and speak with his clients.

“I’m sure they will be very disappointed,” he said when told of the decision.

Today’s decision means the preservationists will have to look elsewhere to continue their effort. The group in May made a presentation to Town Board members on a possible moratorium aimed at historic properties, but there has been no movement on that idea.

Asked today if the board would consider such a plan, town Supervisor Joe Landry said he expects options to be reviewed.

“We’re trying to work with the Friends of the Stanford Home and we’re trying to work with both sides to see if an agreement can be worked out,” said Landry, who also had yet to hear of the Court of Appeals’ decision.

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