Developer withdraws bid for controversial concrete plant – The Daily Gazette


STILLWATER — Plans for a concrete batching plant in the town of Stillwater, which drew significant opposition from residents, have been officially withdrawn by the developer, the town supervisor confirmed Friday.

“The planning department has received an official letter of withdrawal,” Stillwater Town Supervisor Ed Kinowski said Friday.

More than 400 people have signed an online petition against the proposed 2,760 square foot concrete plant. Resident concerns ranged from air quality due to dust particles to neighborhood disturbance from truck traffic and environmental runoff into Tenendaho Creek.

Lisa and Albert Dinardo, who have lived in a house about 300 feet from the proposed concrete plant site for 18 years, said they were happy to hear the news.

“We are delighted and we are relieved,” Lisa Dinardo said on Friday. “We couldn’t be happier.”

The concrete plant, which had been planned for the east side of Farley Road, about 340 feet north of the intersection with Highway 67, would have been open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with between 10 and 18 trucks accessing the site. to mix materials to make concrete. The concrete plant was proposed in October by prolific Halfmoon-based developer Bruce Tanski, whose projects include apartment complexes, single family homes, the Fairways of Halfmoon golf course and commercial projects such as the Shoppes of Halfmoon on route 9.

The concrete plant, located on a nearly 12-acre plot in Stillwater, would have been used primarily to mix concrete for Tanski’s own ongoing development projects, he told the Stillwater Planning Board during a briefing. a meeting on March 28. The meeting was the agency’s first time discussing the project after the initial application submitted last fall required additional information, according to Lindsay Buck, Stillwater’s senior planner. Buck said the application for the concrete plant was withdrawn on June 16.

Tanski bought the land in May 2021 for $125,000, Stillwater tax records show.

Tanski’s current projects include a seniors housing development on Route 67 in Stillwater — not far from the proposed concrete plant — which will provide 123 seniors’ units with an additional 88 units, according to Buck.

Tanski’s company did not return a phone message seeking comment on Friday.

Andrew Waite can be reached at [email protected] and at 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.

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