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Developers of controversial complex donate $10K to Gloversville

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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— Bygones are bygones in Gloversville, where the developers of an apartment complex that neighbors opposed and city officials tried to block are donating $10,000 to the city.

City officials gathered with developers Kinderhook Development officials last week for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Overlook Ridge apartments at 2 Santos Drive.

The complex opened up in June and it’s already half full, according to Donna Bonfardeci, a principal at Kinderhook Development.

The four buildings holding 48 units had been stalled by local opposition to an “affordable-housing project” in the neighborhood. Kinderhook Development was rejected for a special use permit by the city’s Planning Board. But the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court last year ruled the rejection was based not on the law but rather on “generalized community objections” voiced by neighbors.

“The city government thought we had too much affordable housing in the city,” Gloversville Mayor Dayton King said Friday.

It’s a sentiment heard periodically in Capital Region communities when “affordable housing” is proposed — people strive to avoid inviting residents who might be poor into their neighborhoods.

Bonfardeci said a more appropriate definition for affordable housing is “affordable workforce housing” because people renting apartments there have jobs.

The new apartment complex has several amenities, including a community pavilion, energy-efficient appliances, a laundry facility, playground and computer lab.

“Sometimes obstacles arise in advocating for affordable housing,” she added said.

Despite the cool reception they got in Gloversville, Bonfardeci said the project’s development team decided to bestow a $10,000 gift on the city to help, among other things, enhance the quality and character of the community to help make it a positive and inviting environment.

 
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