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Schenectady neighbors oppose plan for drive-through


Schenectady neighbors oppose plan for drive-through

A developer is going to the city for permission to put a drive-through along the back of his residen
Schenectady neighbors oppose plan for drive-through
A gas station and drive-through proposed for Erie Boulevard would abut the East Front Street residential neighborhood.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy

A developer is going to the city for permission to put a drive-through along the back of his residential neighbors’ property.

Residents on Monroe Street aren’t happy about it. They plan to make a strong argument against the idea at Wednesday’s Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

“This is why I think people move to the ’burbs,” said John Rotundo, whose property would face the intercom for the drive-through.

“The noise is really going to get to me,” he said.

Developer David Fusco, who also owns Colonial Car Wash in Schenectady, did not return calls and an email seeking comment.

His proposal would put a gas station and drive-through in a vacant lot at 1419 Erie Blvd. He is seeking two Board of Zoning Appeals waivers: the building would be one-story, although two stories are required in the zoning for that area, and it would be too close to the nearby residences.

If he gets approval, the plan would move to the Planning Commission for a final review.

Neighbors have been asking questions about the proposal since they were notified about it shortly before Christmas. They complained then that they didn’t have enough time to prepare before the December BZA meeting.

Then that meeting was canceled due to a lack of a quorum, and the following meeting was postponed a week because of New Year’s.

Now neighbors are ready.

Rotundo has gone door-to-door to tell his neighbors about the plan.

“I am in a panic,” he said. “This whole development is bordering up next to me. I think my quality of life is just going to be gone.”

East Front Street Neighborhood Association President Carmella Ruscitto said other neighbors are concerned.

But many have asked her and Rotundo to take their concerns to the BZA rather than showing up themselves, she said.

They’re hoping to convince the BZA to deny the waivers.

“I’m a city slicker and I love living down there,” Rotundo said. “It’s not that we don’t want to see any development at all, just the proper development.”

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