May 21, 2020
On May 21, 2020 during a meeting of the Troy City Planning Commission, we were alerted to the potential development of a parcel of land along the Hudson River, located at 1011 2nd Ave in Troy, NY.
This land is well known in the community as a site of historical significance to the Schaghticoke First Nations, as well as the Munsee and Lenape Nations, Indigenous Peoples of the Mahicantuck River Valley. We understand that the land is currently owned by the Golub Properties of Watervliet, Inc, and currently under contract with a local developer.
After the meeting, several residents came together under leadership of Sachem HawkStorm of the Schaghticoke First Nations to protect the land and stop the development
By now, our coaltion includes several local organizations and partners that work on the regional and state levels.
August 28, 2020
After learning of the broad public opposition the developer, Kevin Vandenburgh, abandoned initial plans to seek a zoning variance for the land and instead seek a rezoning with the Troy City Council Planning Committee. This issue will be heard by the commission on August 28.
On August 28th, the Planning Committee will have to make a decision:
- Will they realize the absurd inconsistencies between the proposed development and existing zoning code, public interest and potential for harm? Will they stop any further considerations of this proposal, as they should?
- Or will they vote to advance this proposal and bring this issue in front of the full City Council?