Dozens gathered before the Albany Common Council to weigh in on a controversial development project for Albany's Park South neighborhood. YNN's Erin Vannella reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- "We ask that you go back to the orginal Park South objective and focus on an increase in the sense of community and place," said one Albany resident.
"Albany Med should seek other remedies to parking needs before doubling the size of the parking garage," said another.
Park South neighbors spoke their minds, and developers took notice.
"We took very seriously the concerns we heard at the planning board. We've been working diligently with a traffic consultant in this area in the city of Albany," said Daniel Hershberg of Tri City Consulting.
The Park South plan moves forward with three major amendments, including altering the height of two New Scotland Avenue buildings, setting the number of apartments in those buildings to 256, and adjusting the size of the parking garage to accommodate 875 cars.
"We also agreed to work with CDTA regarding a potential plan for greater use of public transportation. So we have heard the comments. We have addressed most of them," said Hershberg.
Anxious for traffic and safety studies that have yet to be completed however, some community members still aren't satisfied.
"Could the parking garage be located elsewhere so that 800 cars could not spill onto little Robin Street?," asked one Albany resident.
"A visual impact study needs to be done, as well as examining the proposed plans relationship with the residential streets and Washington Park," said another.
City council members remain optimistic, and insist the Park South plan is consistant with the urban renewal plan that was approved years ago.
"It's near major employers. It's near Washington Park and Lark Street area. It has affordable housing so that's part of what the plan is supposed to do, bring more people in. The density helps with the commercial services etcetera," said city council member Richard Conti.