Developer withdraws application for controversial concrete batch plant

Residents on Farley Road, Lisa and Albert DiNardo speaks about the proposed concrete facility possibly to-be built on Farley Road in Stillwater on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
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Residents on Farley Road, Lisa and Albert DiNardo speaks about the proposed concrete facility possibly to-be built on Farley Road in Stillwater on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

STILLWATER – Plans for a concrete batch plant in the Town of Stillwater, which received significant opposition from residents, have been formally withdrawn by the developer, the town supervisor confirmed Friday.

“The Planning Department has received a formal letter of withdrawal,” Stillwater Town Supervisor Ed Kinowski said Friday.

More than 400 people signed an online petition against the 2,760-square-foot proposed concrete plant. Residents’ concerns ranged from clean air as a result of dust particles to neighborhood disruption to truck traffic to environmental runoff into the Tenendaho Creek.

Lisa and Albert Dinardo, who have been living in a home roughly 300 feet from the proposed concrete plant site for 18 years, said they are glad to hear the news.

“We’re delighted, and we’re relieved,” Lisa Dinardo said Friday. “We couldn’t be happier.”

The concrete batch plant, which had been planned for the east side of Farley Road, about 340 feet north of the intersection with Route 67, would have been open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with between 10 and 18 trucks accessing the site to mix materials to make concrete. The concrete plant was proposed in October by the prolific Halfmoon-based developer Bruce Tanski, whose projects include apartment complexes, single-family homes, the Fairways of Halfmoon golf course, and commercial projects such as the Shoppes of Halfmoon on Route 9.

The concrete plant, on a nearly 12-acre parcel in Stillwater, would have been primarily used to mix concrete for Tanski’s own ongoing development projects, he told the Stillwater Planning Board at a March 28 meeting. That meeting was the first time the body discussed the project after the initial application submitted last fall required additional information, according to Lindsay Buck, Stillwater’s senior town planner. Buck said the application for the concrete plant was withdrawn June 16.

Tanski purchased the land in May 2021 for $125,000, Stillwater’s tax records show.

Tanski’s ongoing projects include a senior housing development on Route 67 in Stillwater – not far from the proposed concrete plant – that will provide 123 units for seniors with 88 additional units, according to Buck.

Tanski’s firm did not return a phone message seeking comment on Friday.

Andrew Waite can be reached at [email protected] and at 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.

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