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Niskayuna Planning Board schedules public hearing on Crescent Road project

Gail King Electrolysis relocation, Holocaust Memorial among agenda items
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The Niskayuna Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on Monday to consider a site plan review and special use permit for 2220 Crescent Road.

Applicants Gail and Robert King hope to convert a multi-family residential building at the Crescent Road address into a mixed use building with multi-family apartment units and a cosmetology/electrolysis retail service store.

King owns Gail King Electrolysis at 2215 Nott Street West, located in a row of stores and offices that includes the Niskayuna Co-op food market. King, and others in the row, have expressed concerns during previous town meetings that a planned Schenectady County construction project will harm their businesses.

“As this board knows, I’m concerned about the proposed construction on Nott Street West and what it will do to the businesses at Nott Street West,” King said during the Planning Board’s January 13 meeting. “A solution for me is to move my business to Crescent Road … I plead for you to approve this.”

The hearing will be conducted near the beginning of the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

Also on the agenda — as a discussion item — will be the memorial planned by Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial for land at 2501 Troy Schenectady Road. 

Group principals — who already have secured a special use permit to build the memorial — have presented minor site plan changes to the Planning Board.

Officials, who appeared before the board during the January 13 meeting, are seeking final site plan approval from planners.

“Final site plan approval is a requirement after you get a special use permit,” said town Planner Laura Robertson. “The majority of that reason is because the investment in doing stormwater management, like completing those engineered site plans and doing a full SWPPP (stormwater pollution prevention plan) is pretty substantial. I think they wanted to make sure they had the special use permit before they invested in creating that storm water pollution prevention plan.”

Final engineering approval is also part of the mix.

“It’s just engineering at this point,” Robertson said. “We just need to make sure the engineering is correct.”

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