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Broadalbin board OKs annexation of road for project

December 19, 2012
JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

BROADALBIN - The Village Board unanimously voted in favor of the annexation of Bellen Road on Tuesday to further progress of the 167-unit housing project that was proposed in 2007.

The five-year annexation agreement between the village of Broadalbin and the town of Mayfield will split the sales tax revenue between the two municipalities.

However, construction is still far from beginning, said developer Geoffrey Brooks, of the Clifton Park-based Heritage Development Holdings.

"Army Corps of Engineers and the DEC will take at least a year," Brooks said.

The Village Board also will have to vote to rezone the Bellen Road area to accommodate the houses.

Mayor Eugene Christopher said the zoning process also will take a while and won't begin until Brooks is ready.

"As soon as we find out what he needs and if we can agree to let him do what he wants to," Christopher said. "If not, then we have to convince [Brooks] that this is what we want, and this is what [he is] going to have to do."

Brooks assured board members he would like to meet with them at a similar project in Ballston Lake to give village officials a better understanding of what the Bellen Road project will look like.

The town of Mayfield initially rejected the plan, but found out its only other option was to lose the land and all revenues from the housing development.

Village officials then took the town to court over the annexation issue. A judge told town officials once the hearings began, the 50-50 revenue split would have been lost. Christopher said the town agreed to the sharing the revenue two days before the trial was scheduled to begin.

The delay of the project caused the village to lose a $400,000 grant it was awarded in 2010. The grant required the project to begin by April 2013, which is no longer a possibility.

Still, those involved in the project at Tuesday's meeting were happy to see the project begin to move forward.

"It's one of the many steps that are yet to come," Brooks said. "It's gratifying to see it's moving forward, but we're by no means close to being done. There's a lot of work left to be done."



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