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Albany Med expansion draws crowd at council meeting
ALBANY -- One after one concerned residents living in the Park South neighborhood of the City of Albany expressed their concerns over a proposed $110 million Albany Med expansion.
During a standing room only public input hearing residents said they were concerned over the size of the project, potential tax breaks for Albany Med and traffic congestion.
There was also a large focus on the size of the proposed parking garage that would sit on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and New Scotland Avenue. The new proposal is for an 875 space facility, more than double the initial proposal of 390 spaces.
Carolyn Kennard, who owns a small business in the Park South neighborhood, said she was worried if the project moves forward as is she will lose many of her customers.
"I have worked hard for this because I have five girls (and) that is all I have", said Kennard.
Albany Med's expansion includes razing buildings in the Park South neighborhood, expanding nearly two full city blocks, and potentially receiving tax breaks from the city.
Project Consulting Engineer, Daniel Hershberg, said Monday no resident's voice will go unheard.
"We are listening to the neighbors, we are trying to provide for them", said Hershberg. "This plan is not set in stone. We are willing to certainly work with peole to make certain it works for both Albany Medical Center, Tri City Rental and the public."
Comments from Monday's meeting will be answered in writing by the developer and returned to the city, Hershberg said.