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Editorial: A garage too high, too close

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Parking around Ellis Hospital, one of Schenectady’s largest employers, has been problematic for decades, as the hospital keeps expanding on a basically fixed footprint. The situation figures to get worse when its newly expanded emergency room opens in 2015 — which is why it’s hard to blame the hospital for wanting to erect the largest parking garage the city will allow. But the hospital’s proposal for a three-story garage on Rosa Road, approved by the ...


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justapto
August 11, 2013
7:37 p.m.

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Three stories will not meet future demands. Lets work with our 'biggest employer' and think outside the box.
Union College bought up Seward Place. Ellis should buy up the surrounding properties at a fair market price.

gina99
August 11, 2013
10:49 p.m.

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The solution is the satellite lot on Hillside. Ellis must improve transportation to that and stop destroying the last solid residential neighborhood in the City. Three stories on Rosa should be revisited. How many times will Ellis go back to the ZBA with this ugly parking eyesore? Stop putting lipstick on this pig and stop wasting everyone's time.

robbump
August 12, 2013
4:20 p.m.

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The adjacent hospital is over 3 stories high, so why not the garage too? Build it as high as necessary.

SusanFarber
August 17, 2013
9:08 a.m.

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I live on Rosa Road and it is very difficult now, without the 400-space proposed parking garage being built, to get out of our driveways. We homeowners deserve consideration here; we are the ones paying the property taxes. We live here, take care of our properties, pay very high taxes and want to continue to live here and maintain some quality of life. We don't need a behemoth garage looming large over our neighborhood, bringing with it noise, light and car exhaust pollution, and congestion. The parking garage on Nott Street is underutilized and needs to be worked on and used instead of destroying a beautiful neighborhood with a 5-story garage that Ellis claims they don't yet have a need for. How many neighborhoods need to be removed from our property tax rolls to satisfy corporate greed? How about the people who lost their homes on Bradley Street to make way for St. Clare's parking lot, and whose spaces sit vacant? Let's plan smarter for the good of our citizens. Ellis got approval for the zoning variance allowing 3 stories. Leave it at that.

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