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Plan to convert Stockade Inn to apartments remains on hold

Plan to convert Stockade Inn to apartments remains on hold

Proposal fails to get special approval from one board, is removed from consideration by another
Plan to convert Stockade Inn to apartments remains on hold
The Stockade Inn is shown in 2017.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

SCHENECTADY — The plan to convert the Stockade Inn to apartments is sidetracked for at least the near future, with one regulatory board failing to grant special approval last week and another not even considering it this week.

The landmark in Schenectady’s oldest neighborhood dates to 1810. It has been a boutique hotel and banquet hall since 2003, and was a club for a century before that.

With a death in the family in November, a kitchen fire in January, and the massive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic starting in March all affecting their business model, the Lake George couple who owns it is attempting to sell it to Redburn Development, which wants to convert it to 23 apartments and an office.

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To do this, it would require Zoning Board of Appeals approval for use variance and Planning Commission approval for a special use permit.

The ZBA on June 11 voted 3-1 in favor of the variance but that fell short of the four yes votes the seven-member board must record to approve such a request.
The Planning Commission was scheduled to consider the request Wednesday but removed it from the agenda at Redburn’s request.

Redburn Development is based in downtown Schenectady and specializes in urban residential rental development and management. It has not returned multiple requests this month via email and telephone seeking comment on its plans for the Stockade Inn.

Redburn already has extensive holdings in and around downtown Schenectady. It resurrected the landmark Foster Building on downtown State street from a state of advanced decay and acquired nearby buildings to form an upscale complex.

It also owns the former OTB and Gazette press buildings, is demolishing the Citizens Bank building to make way for apartment construction, and last year acquired 19 buildings containing a total of more than 100 apartments in the Stockade neighborhood.

The Stockade Association has registered a series of objections to Redburn’s proposal for the Stockade Inn, saying the plan would not benefit the neighborhood and did not meet criteria for special consideration by the ZBA.

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