SCHENECTADY – City Council will discuss a proposed rezoning of nearly 60 acres of Stadium Golf Club on Monday that would allow the property to be used for a number of commercial uses – the first step in the redevelopment of the decades-old course.

Third-generation owner Greg Hannel announced plans last year to sell the 18-hole course to Scannell Properties of Indiana at the end of the 2022 season, although the sale of the nearly 120-acre property, which stretches between Rotterdam and the city, hinges on the property being rezoned to allow for commercial uses envisioned by the development corporation.

The course is currently in a multi-family residential area.

But Scannell submitted a request to rezone 54.6 acres of property at 302 Jackson Ave. to a C-5 business district, which would allow the property to be used for a number of commercial uses, including retail and warehouse space. The rezoning of the property would address new commercial space in the city and would not only help reduce the tax burden, but align with development plans set out by the city as part of its comprehensive plan two years ago. , as required.

“There is a significant need for additional commercial space in the city (and in the city of Rotterdam) to provide real opportunities for economic growth in the city and county of Schenectady,” the request states. “This property, and this proposal in particular, offers a unique opportunity to deliver such growth potential with limited impacts on the wider community.”

An additional 62.8 acres in Rotterdam is also expected to be rezoned for commercial use. The Rotterdam portion of the property is currently zoned for residential purposes.

The golf course opened in 1965 and has since become one of the busiest courses in the area.

It is unclear what type of development would be built on the property if the rezoning is ultimately approved. “Specific users have not been identified” for the site, according to the app.

Scannell, however, said any new construction, including parking, would use less than 70% of the site and would comply with all local laws established in Rotterdam and Schenectady.

In addition to retail and warehousing space, the business district also allows for light manufacturing uses and small-scale assembly under city zoning laws.

A timeline for potential rezoning remains uncertain.

A thorough environmental review must be completed before the process can move forward. This includes a 30-day public comment period that council members could potentially advance as early as Monday.

Additionally, a thorough traffic study should also be completed, and an economic analysis is also recommended for the site, according to the city’s comments in response to Scannell’s request.

The property is adjacent to Interstate 890 and Route 7 to the west and north, respectively, but also sits between two residential neighborhoods, with several homes attached directly to the property.

A site access road would be built along Jackson Avenue, a residential road, according to the rezoning application.

Improvements to Jackson Avenue should be completed and traffic along Route 7 should also be considered since the state Department of Transportation operates three traffic lights along the roadway and has advised that it will not would accept any change that would disrupt traffic along the route. pavement, according to comments from the city.

A preliminary traffic study submitted by Scannell estimates that much of the traffic using the site would come from Route 7, but notes that a number of intersections could face traffic disruption, including several along from Route 5 or State Street.

“The major areas of potential traffic impact are the Route 7 intersections at Watts Street, Albany Street and Route 5, the Route 5 intersections at Jackson Avenue and Van Zandt Street, and local Albany intersections. Street with Kings Road, Albany Street with Watts Street/Jackson Avenue and Watt Street with Cambridge Road,” the study read.

The study recommends the completion of a more in-depth traffic report, which would include 15 scopes of work, including the examination of traffic at nine intersections during the morning and evening rush hours, as well as a review of past traffic accidents at some intersections for the last three years.

An economic impact study submitted by Scannell provides a range of potential new construction tax revenue from $930,250 for 500,000 square feet of new construction at an assessed value of $50 per square foot, to $2.6 million. dollars for 800,000 square feet of new construction at an assessed value of $100 per square foot of assessed value.

The study also indicates that commercial development would put less strain on city resources and create more revenue than if the property were to be developed for single-family homes.

“While we cannot comment on the exact tax impact of the development or the residential alternative, it is reasonable to assume that the development would generate more net revenue for the city, town and school districts than a residential alternative. single-family development,” the report reads.

Contact journalist Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

More from The Daily Gazette:

Categories: News, Schenectady County