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Schenectady planners OK Ellis parking garage proposal

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The city Planning Commission approved the controversial Ellis Hospital parking garage proposal Wednesday evening, according to Zoning Officer Steve Strichman, who reported the approval on Twitter. The hospital wants to build a five-story garage on Rosa Road, although some residents who live near the site are vehemently opposed. Hospital officials had changed the garage plans in response to residents’ complaints to the Board of Zoning Appeals earlier this year, but there is still significant opposition ...

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November 21, 2013
12:13 a.m.

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Once again in Schenectady-who cares about the residents, neighborhoods, and taxpayers!!!! Institutional zoning rules. It's time to change the BZA and PC memberships and challenge those who made the hack appointments. Strichman useless as usual.

November 21, 2013
7:14 a.m.

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Ellis would not take no for an answer and kept coming back with the same 5 story monster parking garage. This was initially voted down by both BZA and Planning Commissions. Democratic control of all City and County boards has consequences and not positive ones for oppressed property owners. City voters need to come out of the stupor and throw the bums out of City Hall.

November 21, 2013
10:48 a.m.

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As a senior who in the midst of a heart attack first came to Ellis last year in an ambulance and who then returned 2-3 times a week by car for cardiac rehab, I can attest to the excellent care being provided by Ellis. I can also attest to the helpful parking attendants who helped me navigate the overcrowded existing parking garage whose configuration changed often with the beginning of the construction of the new ER. Winter mornings on the top deck were a challenge. I understand the concerns of some residents but I feel that having a topflight medical facility in your neighborhood might also be very important to you or a loved one.