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Financial & Economic Impacts
Employment: The DEIS fails to identify all of
the financial impacts of the proposed development. The DEIS indicates
there will be both full and part-time employees, but does not
show how much the employees will be paid.
If employees are paid minimum wage, and given
no health insurance benefits, it is possible that the employees
may be eligible for Medicaid and/or food stamps and/or HEAP and/or
other social services. The Applicant should detail the wages
that are planned, and how many employees would be eligible for
Without this analysis, there may be hidden costs
to the taxpayer for this proposed development.
Sprawl: The applicant left out the economic impacts
of constructing this Residence Inn on the edge of the City.
In addition to the impacts to the individual employees
as listed above, the applicant should assess how the rising cost
of gasoline will impact this proposed development.
Tax Assessments: Pyramid Crossgates has a long
history of appealing its tax assessments. The applicant should
provide information about what the approximate tax assessment
will be on the proposed project, and the financial impact on
the City of appealing tax assessments for year after year.
485(b): The applicant should clearly state whether
they intend to apply for a 485(b) tax break, and the amount of
the tax break.
Disposal of Building: The applicant should detail
the types of building materials to be used in the construction
of proposed development, and indicate the length of time the
buildings are expected to last. If the buildings are not expected
to last at least 100 years, the applicant should describe the
environmental impact of knocking the buildings down, and where
the materials will be placed. In the last few years, a couple
of relatively new (30 years) shopping plazas have been torn down,
with tons of solid waste filling landfills.
“Partnership to Progress, Realizing Albany’s Future”, Evaluating
The Implementation of Albany’s 1985 Strategic Plan, 1989
On Page 10 of the DEIS, the Applicant argues that
this project is in line with the 1985 and 1989 Strategic Plan
for Albany. However, it is important to note in the 1989 document,
”The natural environment is just as important for the quality of life in
the urban areas as in rural areas. The City of Albany is fortunate to have a
very high percentage of open space land within its boundaries . . . The Pine
Bush is a tremendous environmental resource for the City . . .Because of the
uniqueness of the Pine Bush, highest priority should be given to the preservation
of the primary preserve areas.
Also on Page 10, the developer says “However, the growth in taxable property
valuation in the City has been hampered by transfer of property or property rights
for the preservation of the Pine Bush.” The reason that the City of Albany
is losing taxable properties in not because of Pine Bush preservation, but rather
because of the decline in population due to the abandonment of the inner city.
Concentrated development downtown produces more tax dollars per services used,
as opposed to constructing outside the city center, where development requires
more services per tax dollar.
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