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Growing number of critics emerge on Golub warehouse plan

Ire over the Golub Corp. proposal to relocate a 900-foot segment of Dunsville Road to allow for futu

Ire over the Golub Corp. proposal to relocate a 900-foot segment of Dunsville Road to allow for future warehouse expansion has spread to other residential neighborhoods in the vicinity of the project.

Homeowners along Duanesburg Road, Kellar Avenue and in the Antonia Hills development joined the chorus of criticism from residents along Dolan Drive, a triangular neighborhood located a short distance from the proposed main entrance of Golub’s 360,000-square-foot warehouse. About 50 residents attended a public hearing on the project Tuesday, with many questioning how the company plans to mitigate the impact such a facility would have on their quality of life.

“Why isn’t this project being moved to the [Rotterdam Corporate Park]?” asked John McAuliffe of Dolan Drive. “It’s really a no-brainer.”

Many spoke about the impact the new warehouse would have on traffic along Duanesburg Road.

“There have been times you have to wait five or six rotations [of the traffic light] before you can get out,” Richard Fontaine said of the Kellar Avenue-Duanesburg Road intersection. “At times, even the school buses have to wait.”

Others said the project would decimate property values in an area that is still predominantly residential. Phyllis Stanton, a resident on Duanesburg Road near the entrance to Dolan Drive, asked why Golub would even consider such a project when it would clearly have a negative impact on her home.

“Already, my plaster is cracking from the jarring of trucks coming through,” she said. “This is going to destroy the property value for all these people.”

Dolan Drive resident Tom Yuille suggested that Golub retool the proposal so that Dunsville Road would connect with Kellar Avenue. That way, he said, the company could build additional warehouse space where its offices now exist while leaving a 10-acre buffer between the facility and the homes on Dolan Drive.

Yuille, the former Planning Commission chairman, also suggested that the company look into building warehouse space at the corporate park. The Galesi Group is seeking state funding to demolish buildings 9 and 10 of the former Army Depot so that the sites could be replaced by a 500,000-square-foot warehouse or manufacturing structure.

“Golub has other options,” he said. “The residents of Dolan Drive, if this project goes through, have no other options. Our options are done.”

Richard Malaczynski, a resident of the nearby Country Walk Estates development, questioned how his neighborhood might be affected by the increased truck traffic on the relocated Dunsville Road. He speculated that the added truck traffic near the development might prompt some motorists to use residential roads to avoid the new intersection with Duanesburg Road.

Residents have until May 18 to submit written comments on the project.

Golub requires approval from the commission in addition to approvals from the Town Board for a zoning change and amendment to the comprehensive plan, explained Supervisor Steve Tommasone.

“I would not want to consider a zone change for a project like this until we have all the information,” he said during the public hearing.

Commission Chairman Lawrence DiLallo urged residents to continue giving their input into the project. He said plenty of options exist for Golub and they plan to explore them all.

“I still believe there are options on this project,” he said. “That’s the key word: Options.”

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