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Amazon could be tenant of proposed Schodack distribution center

June 18, 2018 11:23 PM

SCHODACK - Amazon could be setting up a distribution center in the Town of Schodack.

There was a packed house at the Town Planning Board meeting Monday night where a public hearing was held on the potential center. While the center has been in the works for the past few months, it wasn't until Monday night that residents learned for the first time the tenant of the distribution center would be Amazon. But not everyone was impressed.

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"Quiet areas, with flowers on the fence, that's why I moved here,” said resident Bob Jansing.

The proposed distribution center would be more than one million square feet. Indiana-based real estate developer Scannell Properties is behind the proposal. They want to build the center on a 116 –acre plot of land that’s between Route 9 and I-90 in the Town of Schodack. But many worry about what it will do for the quiet area.

"I moved to Schodack 15 years ago because I could not stand the traffic and noise associated with living in a big city,” said resident Cindy Miller.

At the public hearing Monday night a representative from Amazon was in attendance.

“This will be a long term commitment from Amazon, along term commitment from Scannell and we look forward to being partners in this community,” said Representative Eric Murray.

Murray said the facility would bring more than 800 full time job.

"We'd work with local workforce development boards to make sure we find the best and brightest in the community,” said Murray.

The center would also bring hundreds of tractor-trailers going in and out of the distribution center. Many worry that will cause traffic problems along Route 9. Developers said Monday night they’re continuously working with the Department of Transportation to make the road safe.

But a few residents said the facility in general is just not the right fit.

“There's not one of my neighbors who does not want a sensible development,” explained Jansing. “You can name a number of different facilities that would be appropriate for, as our town father’s be wrote, a rural community. This just doesn't fit.”

However, not all resident agree with this.

“How many projects are we going to sit here and actually deny,” said resident Bill Walsh.

In 2012, the town passed on proposed Dollar Tree warehouse. Walsh said it’s time for development.

"I've lived here 25 years, I really haven't seen any type of growth,” explained Walsh. “It's been pretty stagnant here."

 Many resident at Monday night’s public hearing also stressed that they’d like to see an independent environmental study done on the impact that the center would have to the area. They don’t want the planning board to just look at the one the developers have done.

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