A number of local citizens and the congressman representing the city of Amsterdam have voiced opinions on the Chalmers Mills Loft project.
What I’m hearing is that this is a prime piece of property right on the Mohawk River and should be treated as such; that it should have amenities such as balconies and laundry facilities, etc., for each unit. Add to that, it’s the southern anchor to the Mohawk Valley Gateway Outlook (MVGO) pedestrian bridge. Millions of dollars has been spent on the MVGO, and it should lead to a worthy project.
Also, what I’m hearing is that professional people such as doctors and lawyers who work in and around Amsterdam are currently living outside the city in places like Saratoga or Niskayuna. They might choose to stay here in Amsterdam if this was an upscale project. I believe that this would change the low esteem that the people of the region seem to have for the city of Amsterdam.
My suggestion is that the city should go slow on this project and get it right or Amsterdam’s motto will be “act in haste, repent in leisure.” Remember the urban renewal project that placed a mall in the middle of Route 5?