Albany's Park South residents spoke their last before the planning board takes Albany Med's expansion plan to the Common Council. YNN's Erin Vannella was at the public meeting and tells us what they had to say.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- An evolving urban corridor won't see any more changes if some Albany residents have their way.
"A lot of people feel Park South is turning into Albany Med north," said one Albany resident.
"It's starting to look like a tunnel down New Scotland Avenue with a big brick box here and a brick box there," said another.
At a public hearing Thursday, the community asked city planning board members not to follow through with Albany Med's plan to level and rebuild the two blocks sandwiched between the medical center and Washington Park.
"Albany is losing its historic quality and its historic neighborhood and we know what happens when we undertake these types of projects. The neighborhoods never regain the quality they lost," said one Albany resident.
"All of this is definitely for the good. Now having said that the devil is always in the details," said another.
In the works? Vertical construction along New Scotland Avenue for mixed use buildings, more apartment buildings and a bigger parking garage. Each is an amended component of a seven year old urban renewal plan.
"The question is does the project move forward if in fact enough changes are insisted upon which reduce the density of the site. It may very well not be financially viable. That's the concern here," said Tri-City Rentals Consultant Dan Hershberg.
After public comment, some of it positive, it's up to the planning board to make an recommendation to the council.
"We don't render a decision until we've heard all of the evidence. I think that actually speak to the process that we're laying out that want the opportunity be able to solicit all the public comment," said Albany Planning Board Chairman Marcus Pryor.