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Coeymans residents oppose Carver proposal

Dec 19, 2023 1:32 am

Melanie Lekocevic reports for Capital Region Independent Media that so many Coeymans residents turned out to oppose a development proposal from Carver Companies that the crowd spilled out into the street. The company is expanding and altering properties to build off-shore wind turbines. The company claims it will bring 650 permanent jobs to the southern Albany County town if they can build a manufacturing facility north of the Port of Coeymans from Route 144 to south of Bronk Road. Local residents spoke at the public hearing, opposing an increase in truck traffic, noise, odors, reduced property values, and a change in the character of the community. Lisa Travis said, “I’m not saying that industry isn’t good. I’m just saying that we’re setting a precedent here of using this residential property for storage.... What happens when it starts creeping further and further because now that we did it once, we can do it again. That is my concern, that this is not going to stop and we’re just going to be dealing with this again down the road.” Local resident Zachary Assael said, “River Road is not an expressway, it is not the Northway, it’s not the Thruway.... It’s a two-lane road. It is not meant to accommodate over 500 vehicles and many semi-tractor trailers.” The Coeymans planning/zoning board of appeals is still considering the company's proposal. Read more about this story at TheUpstater.com.