For a number of years the Village of Scotia has been looking for a developer to find an appropriate use for the vacant corner of Mohawk Ave and South Ballston Ave.
It was once considered for a hotel, a new Village Hall/Firehouse and recently a Rite Aid. The Village Planning Board was willing to accept a new Rite Aid if the drug company could design a building that met with their view of the village character. Rite Aid never did come up with the proper look and they backed out. Yay, Planning Board!
Now the owner of the property has proposed a 51 unit apartment building and the Village Planning Board has approved his plan.
Architects rending of Scotia Apartments on Mohawk Avenue.
Joseph M Metzger Architect, Albany NY
Unfortunately, one of the casualties of the apartment project will be the Scotia Diner which has served the village for generations. A grass roots movement was recently created on Facebook to “Save the Scotia Diner and Mohawk Ave. The Facebook group is encouraging supporters to attend the Village Board Meeting this Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 7 PM. Mayor Kris Kastberg has gone on record as a supporter of the apartment project.
Click image to join.
Only four days old, the Facebook page continues to gain supporters who are sad to lose this local landmark. Many others are equally dismayed by the addition of a 51 unit rental property along the main entrance to our village.
On December 5th, Scotia Diner showed their community spirit by hosting last months Ginger Bread House contest which is part of our annual Holiday on the Avenue celebration. Doing so they gave up space which could have been used by potentially new and old customers on this cold, busy night.
The Village Planning Board was provided the following information on the new apartment building.
The parcel is 1.7 acres and currently is divided into 7 lots. The parcel is zoned General Business.
The building will have a total of 51 units with 17 units per floor.
First floor will have 8 one bedroom units and 9 two bedroom units.
Second floor will have 5 one bedroom units and 12 two bedroom units.
Third floor will have 5 one bedroom units and 12 two bedroom units.
The proposed building will be 45 feet high.
The apartments will have a blended red brick veneer on the portions of the 3 story areas of the building with the same brick and a complementing earth tone man made stone in alternating areas of the ground level areas of the façade.
The siding will be vinyl and in two colors, alternating between the architecture elements on the upper two stories of the façade. The siding colors will be earth toned clay and wicker.
The applicant’s architect has made efforts to provide a retail look
to the façade facing Mohawk Avenue.
The storefront windows will be opaque transom panels and will give
a commercial atmosphere to the Mohawk Avenue side of the building.
The awnings on the Mohawk Avenue side will be fabric in complementary color to the overall building pallet
The awnings will be fabric with a pipe frame and will be ornamental
Decks and railings will be brown vinyl.
The proposed apartment building provides an elevator at the center
bend portion of the L-shaped building.
There will be 60 parking spaces.
Snow storage will be plowed to the outer limits of the parking in
most cases. Excessive snow accumulations will be transported off-site.
Dumpster enclosures have been provided in the southeast portion of
If you have your own opinion stop by Village Hall, 4 North Ten Broeck Street, on Tuesday at 7 PM.