Golub Corp. officials are hoping a slate of proposals will help allay residential discontent over their project to relocate a 900-foot stretch of Dunnsville Road.
Representatives from Price Chopper’s parent company included several new measures to lessen the potential impact of relocating the street to an area about 200 feet away from the edge of a 32-house development along Dolan Drive. The changes to the project were included in Golub’s final environmental impact statement, which was accepted by the Rotterdam Planning Commission during its meeting Wednesday.
The 111-page document will now be reviewed by the commission. Senior Planner Peter Comenzo said commission members could return recommendations during the next board meeting this month or in early December.
Substantive changes to the plan include a relocation of a 14-foot noise wall from the edge of National Grid’s 172-foot-wide right-of-way abutting the residential development to an area along the relocated Dunnsville Road. Noise barriers would also be added along the site entrance.
Golub is also proposing to add sidewalks along Route 7, which would be widened as part of the project. Drainage improvements would be made on Dunnsville Road as part of the relocation.
The company suggested planting additional trees in the buffer between the proposed road relocation and the neighborhood, so that it will appear more dense. Project planners also agreed to conduct a post-construction traffic analysis to confirm their predicted results.
“We’re trying to do the right thing, so the company can grow and continue to grow in Rotterdam,” explained Chet Pennacchia, Golub’s director of construction. “This is the last alternative we have.”
In addition to relocating the road, Golub is seeking to change a mix of zoning on 21 acres to light industrial. The changes would allow Golub to eventually build a total of 408,000 square feet of warehouse space on the property covering the better part of 10 acres.
Company officials contend their plant is landlocked by designated wetlands to the south, which the Army Corps of Engineers refuses to let them develop. Absent further expansion, they contend their company will not be able to grow.
But residents living near the proposed road relocation have been highly critical of Golub for proposing to build the largest factory in the town within short proximity of a residential development. They fear the proposed warehouse construction would decrease their property values, in addition to bringing increased truck traffic and noise, among other quality-of-life detriments.