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Note: The "Comment" is the developer's
of the public input, the Response is what the
says in response.
Comment 4: Commentor indicated that walking
is a dangerous mode of transportation. No sidewalks are proposed.
Employees will not be able to walk to work or use mass transit.
Customers will not be able to walk or bicycle to the nano-tech
facilities. Because customers and employees will need to use
vehicles, their risk of being involved in an accident is increased.
The hotel should be built downtown. Letter from Save the Pine
Bush, Inc. dated April 29, 2005.
Rcsponse 4: The proposed hotel is situated near the intersection
of the NYS Thrnway and 1-90 and is located on Washington Avenue
Extension an extremely busy highway with a speed limit of 55
MPH. there are no sidewalks for pedestrian or bicycle travel
in the vicinity. No off-site sidewalks are proposed in connection
with the Project and, for safety purposes, walking
or bicycling on Washington Avenue Extension should be discouraged [emphasis
Comment 5: Customers may wish to bicycle to events in the City
of Albany if roads were safer. Long-term customers may prefer
to bicycle to work, shop or recreation. Letter from Save the
Pine Bush, Inc. dated April 29, 2005.
Response 5: See Section B, Response 4.
Comment 6: Commentor compares alleged traffic
improvements in the Netherlands and Germany as increasing health
benefits to the population. The Commentor opines the Project
will create a health hazard by forcing all visitors and employees
to drive, rather than bike or walk to the hotel. Conversely,
if the Project were built downtown it would increase the
public health. Letter from Save the Pine Bush, Inc. dated
April 29, 2005.
Response 6: The
Applicant is not forcing all visitors and employees to drive,
but rather is acknowledging that travelers to the Capital district
do not arrive on foot or bicycle in any great numbers. Rather
they arrive by car, airplane, train or bus. Those arriving by
mass transportation normally rent cars. The Residence Inn will
provide a shuttle service to the Albany International Airport
and, on demand, to other forms of public transportation (AMTRAK
or bus stations). Capital District Transportation Authority provides
ShuttleBug service to this area. The schedule lists 48 daily
trips with most runs stopping at Crossgates and Crossgates Commons
and fewer runs on Saturday. The Applicant believes that a few
employees might make use of this service but it is not anticipated
that guests will regularly use this service.
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