letter to City Council from Camille Klinkhammer

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Camille Klinkhammer
cjklinkhammer@gmail.com
13 Seward Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Dear Saratoga Springs City Council Members,


My husband and I own a beautiful craftsman house on Seward Street. We viewed the property for sale while I was in labor, on our way to Saratoga Hospital to deliver our first child. We coordinated the purchase with our real estate agent while waiting to be discharged from the hospital, and a short time later moved our new family into our dream home in a quaint neighborhood.
We lovingly restored parts of our 100+ year old Sears Catalog kit home and made improvements to modernize it. It is registered with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Society, it has a rich history that matches the neighborhood it is located in.

As an Active Duty military family, feeling like we have a real home somewhere to come back to. It grounds us and gives us something to look forward to returning to. We are currently serving overseas in Europe and have orders to continue abroad in Asia immediately after this tour. Our children don't remember this home, but my husband and I remember our baby's first steps, enjoying all the seasons outside in our yard, and discovering we were expecting our second child.

Our dream has been to return to Saratoga Springs and continue raising our growing family there. It has great schools, restaurants, wonderful family activities, history, outdoor activities, and cultural events. We decided that our home in Saratoga is where we could honestly settle in and have the sense of community and safety that we crave as our current lifestyle requires us to continuously pack up and move house every couple of years.

During our time overseas we have been following the proposed neighborhood rezoning. While we have a very special memory of becoming parents at Saratoga Hospital, we wholehearted do not agree with rezoning this neighborhood for commercial use. The area is zoned as is for good reason, and should not be changed to suit the convenience of a big business. I understand this business is a health care facility that provides needed services to Saratoga--but compromises should not be made by the community to make things easier for big businesses.

Our neighborhood is quaint and child friendly because of low traffic, wide sidewalks, trees, and parks. It is a great space to go for a long walk and enjoy the quiet sound of the wind blowing through the leaves as they change color. Forcing large industrial buildings into a neighborhood would disrupt the serenity and way of life of our beloved neighborhood.
Should you vote to allow the rezoning, our family would have to very seriously consider scrapping our plan of returning to our dream home and find a new place to settle down.

Rezoning in this specific neighborhood is not even a logical choice. Driving to the new hospital campus would bring so much traffic through the neighborhood and overload existing streets. Current traffic patterns in the accesses to the hospital make it difficult to get ambulances into the ER already. An additional giant office building would only increase traffic and exacerbate the problem. Considering patient safety and quick access to care at the ER, the proposed zoning change and office building makes even less sense. Bottlenecks would be created and it would make getting to the hospital such a difficult endeavor.

For ease of access and providing care to the community, Saratoga Hospital should really consider developing closer to the highway. Cramming office spaces into an established and historical residential area and forcing the surrounding community to just deal with it--is not the way to show that Saratoga Springs or Saratoga Hospital truly care about the happiness and health of the citizens they supposedly represent and care for.
Since my family cannot be there in person to plea for our neighborhood and dream home in Saratoga Springs, we hope that you reflect on this email and consider the individual families this careless plan effects.

Sincerely,


Camille & Edwin Klinkhammer

Birch Run Resident, Dennis Hultay, letter to Mayor Meg KElly - June 25th, 2019


DENNIS M. HULTAY 

19 Collins Terrace

 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 

(518) 584-8875 



Meg Kelly, Mayor City of Saratoga 

Springs City Council City Hall 

474 Broadway 

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 


Re: Evidence public notice was never given by City of Saratoga Springs prior to re-zoning Parcel 1  (Nov. 17, 2014 Agenda, 2 ½ min request by Hospital Vice Pres, 6 min Committee discussion & vote) 


Mayor Meg Kelly,


I am writing to you in your official capacity to provide you with three pieces of evidence from the City of Saratoga Springs archived records for the Comprehensive Plan Committee, that proves that public notice was never provided before re-zoning three properties (Parcel 1) for the Hospital’s benefit, and request that the November 17, 2014 Comprehensive Plan Committee’s Agenda & Meeting video be made part of the record of the City Council’s deliberations whether to include Parcel 1 on City’s UDO. Review of the video record identified below will take less than 10 minutes of your time. However, the re-zoning of Parcel 1 will cause permanent & irreparable harm to dozens of single-family homeowners, and change the character of neighborhood bordering the ‘Greenbelt’ of the City forever. There are no ‘Minutes’ for the Nov. 17, 2014 Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting on the City of Saratoga Springs website’s meeting archives. There is only an Agenda and a Video of the meeting. The Agenda for November 17, 2014 Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting is attached. No mention is made of the requested zoning change or vote. 

Agenda is from the City of Saratoga Springs website:  http://www.saratoga-springs.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_11172014-1218 2½ minutes of video (minute 6 thru 8½) of the November 17, 2014 Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting clearly shows Saratoga Hospital’s Vice President during the ‘Public Comment’ period requesting to have three properties re-zoned: 55 Myrtle Street, 1 Morgan Street & 17 Morgan Street (Parcel 1). Video of the Hospital’s request can be found & viewed on City of Saratoga Springs’ website:  http://saratogaspringsny.swagit.com/play/12022014-1375 6 minutes of video (at 1hr:45min thru 1hr:51min) of the November 17, 2014 Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting shows a hasty discussion & vote by the Committee to approve the Hospital’s request the same evening, with the Hospital’s Attorney present & answering Committee questions. Video of the Committee’s vote & discussion can be found & viewed at same location on City’s website:  http://saratogaspringsny.swagit.com/play/12022014-1375 page 1 of 2 D.Hultay to Saratoga Springs City Council June 25, 2019 Re: Evidence Public Notice was never given by City of Saratoga Springs prior to re-zoning Parcel 1 Furthermore, I have searched all the archived Agendas & Minutes for both the Comprehensive Plan Committee and the City Council on the City of Saratoga Springs website, including Public Workshops by the City Council, and neither entity gave any public notice of re-zoning 3 properties (Parcel 1) for the Hospital’s benefit before adoption of Comprehensive Plan by the City Council on June 15, 2015. However, public notice was given for two other Parcels, by specifically naming them on several City Council Agendas: the D’Andrea Parcel and the Saratoga National expansion, after submission of the proposed changes by the Comprehensive Plan Committee, but before adoption by the City Council. Both of these ‘publicized’ changes to the Comprehensive Plan drew numerous public comments & letters, both for & against the re-zoning of these Parcels, and the City Council subsequently voted against both zoning changes and neither Parcel ended up being included in the Comprehensive Plan. The ‘Public’ did not become aware of re-zoning of 3 properties for the Hospital’s benefit (Parcel 1), until after the Hospital filed their PUD Amendment on August 7, 2015 with a site plan (see attached Hospital PUD aerial view Zones F & G), which required that the adjoining homeowners be notified! The opposition to the re-zoning of Parcel 1 by the surrounding neighborhood has been strong and consistent ever since they found out about it. Residents signed a ‘protest’ petition which required four City Council votes to approve the Hospital’s proposed 88,000 sq.ft. Office building with 300 space parking lot. On January 19, 2016, two Council members recused themselves and the vote failed. Yet, the City of Saratoga Springs insists that re-zoning of the 3 properties for the Hospital’s benefit (Parcel 1) was properly made and the 2015 Comprehensive Plan is not to be revisited or questioned? The evidence presented above will certainly come up on legal appeal. Why continue to deny the rezoning of 3 properties for the Hospital’s benefit (Parcel 1) was never ‘publicized’ before adoption, and why continue to refuse a full & proper review of it? As a public official you have an obligation to do so. Failing to do so, ignoring the evidence, and trying to insulate yourself from responsibility by using the bureaucratic ploy of delegating responsibility to a Comprehensive Plan Committee, does not properly serve the City of Saratoga Springs, the affected single-family neighborhood, or even Saratoga Hospital. If legally appealed & overturned, it will have to be done over properly or not at all. 


Respectfully submitted, 


Dennis M. Hultay  

Letter from former comprehensive Plan Committee Member Teresa Capozzola, July 2, 2019

 "Since I believed strongly that the Comprehensive Plan, which was to envision our City's future, should have been a product of the citizens of this City, the objection of the neighborhood to the Hospital's expansion would have been influential to me as a committee member."   



Theresa A. Capozzola. 

502 Maple Avenue 

Saratoga Springs NY 12866 

518-584-5133 


July 2, 2019

 

Meg Kelly Mayor of City of Saratoga Springs 

City Hall

474 Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 


Dear Mayor Kelly: 


I was on the Comprehensive Plan in 2014. The plan which by its name was supposed to be Comprehensive was basically a vehicle in which to get the zoning changed for Saratoga National Golf Course to allow them to have a resort, condominiums , retail, restaurants, etc. Thankfully that effort was unsuccessful and the robust City in the pastoral (sort of) Country remains for now. 

What got lost however, in the consumption of the Comprehensive Plan by SNGC and its proponents on the Comp Plan, was a thorough vetting of the effects of a change of zoning to the neighbors of Saratoga Hospital. 

Everyone wants a Hospital to succeed, and the plans were presented in a manner which on its face may have seemed logical, but failed to take into account the other side. In going over the recordings of the CPC, we were advised by the consultants that these areas we might be changing were general locations and there would be a lot of “white” space in between, I believe referencing the illustrative view of buffer zones between residential and commercial or institutional zones. 

I drove around the hospital area near the adjoining long established neighborhood of mostly older homes. Every home, on every block, that I could see had the sign “savemorganstreet" Clearly the neighborhood is overwhelming against this project. Since I believed strongly that the Comprehensive Plan, which was to envision our City's future, should have been a product of the citizens of this City, the objection of the neighborhood to the Hospital's expansion would have been influential to me as a committee member. 

I urge the City Council to tread carefully and to find a resolution that does not so drastically affect the neighbors of Saratoga Hospital. 


Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your service to the City. Sincerely, 


Theresa A. Capozzola  

Opposition letters

DENNIS & BARBARA HULTAY

19 Collins Terrace

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

(518) 584-8875


April 10, 2019


Mark Torpey, Chairman

City of Saratoga Springs Planning Board

City Hall - 474 Broadway

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Re:  Petition to reject Zoning change for Saratoga Hospital’s commercial development of 8.5 acres for a 53 foot high, 88,500 sq. ft. building with a 300 space parking lot in a Residential neighborhood 


Chairman Mark Torpey,


My wife & I are full-time residents in the Birch Run homeowners association which adjoins the residential property where this large commercial development is proposed. Before we purchased our home, we checked the zoning for the surrounding area, and all of it was zoned ‘Residential’.

Re-zoning the adjoining property to ‘Institutional’ is a textbook example of urban sprawl, the very problem the City of Saratoga Springs Comprehensive Master Plan is supposed to curtail.  Our neighborhood has residential roads. The proposed development should be built in a commercial area, such as the main campus of the Saratoga Hospital on Church Street which is Route 9, Truck Route 29.

No one is against Saratoga Hospital per se, but area homeowners are extremely frustrated by the Hospital’s haphazard growth, the City of Saratoga’s apparent lack of meaningful oversight, and so far only apparent disregard for our property rights and our major investment (our homes). Yes, a Hospital is good for a community, but in this case only homeowners closest to it are being forced to pay for it.

We pay taxes on our home and the quarter-acre it sits on, as do the 70 other homeowners of Birch Run for their properties. Saratoga Hospital is EXEMPT from paying taxes, and the County, City & Schools will NOT be receiving taxes EVERY year forward, on the 8.5 acres they seek to commercially develop. This 53 foot high, 88,500 sq.ft., 300 parking space commercial development will literally be in the backyards of Birch Run homeowners (see attached 2015 Hospital site plan). It will decrease Birch Run property values, and if approved by the City of Saratoga Springs, will constitute a government taking without compensation.

The City Council maintains that all NY public meeting notice requirements were followed in moving this project forward, which is simply NOT true. The area homeowners were never given public notice before Hospital’s proposed change to the Comprehensive Master Plan. The proposed change was placed on the committee’s Agenda the same night it was heard by a member of the hospital’s staff. The committee voted upon a motion with assistance from the Hospital’s attorney (Matt Jones), and assistance from a committee member who is with construction company for proposed development (Bonacio Construction). There is nothing transparent about this, except the shadiness of it.


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Re:  Petition to reject Zoning change for Saratoga Hospital’s commercial development

Claims to the contrary, Saratoga Hospital has NOT been smart nor disciplined in making good use of their existing properties, squandering development of their existing acreage, and are now asking the City of Saratoaga Springs to allow them to continue to do so for an additional 8.5 acres. All at the expense of area homeowners and exempt from payment of County, City & School taxes forever

Below is a list of properties the Hospital currently owns within the City of Saratoga Springs, NY:


10.47 acres Main Campus  211 Church Street1  Assessed  $  64,273,600 Tax exempt 

0.21 acre Converted Residence 201 Church Street1 Assessed  $    350,000 Tax exempt

0.13 acre Converted Residence 238 Church Street1 Assessed  $   299,900 Tax exempt

1(Church Street = Route 9N / Truck Route 29)

15.46 acres Parking Lot w/bldgs2 Myrtle Street rear  Assessed  $  2,228,500 Tax exempt

2(Myrtle Street Park Admin Bldg, Heliport, OBGYN & Dialysis Centers around perimeter of center lot)

2.48 acres  Parking Lot  35 Myrtle Street Assessed  $  338,000 Tax exempt

0.01 acre ‘Saratoga Spine’ 35 Myrtle Street Assessed $  1,171,8003  3(TAXED)

3.26 acres Residence w/garage4 55 Myrtle Street Assessed  $ 1,012,200 Tax exempt

4(DiCresce estate donated to Hosp in 2015, borders 8.5 acres owned by DA Collins sought for expansion)

 0.51 acre Vacant Land Woodland Court Accessed  $   12,200 Tax exempt

 0.06 acre Vacant Land Woodland Court rear Accessed  $    800 Tax exempt 32.59 acres    $ 69,687,000


If you compare the number of acres dedicated to hospital parking (17.98 acres) versus hospital buildings (10.47acres), it is apparent that neither the Hospital, nor the City of Saratoga Springs, has given much thought to future expansion when submitting and approving prior Hospital projects.

All of the parking lots are flat. The OBGYN center & Dialysis center are single story structures, and the Myrtle Park Administration building is two stories. None of the buildings were built with parking underneath, nor is there any multi-deck parking.  These were decisions the Hospital made, and the City of Saratoga approved. Now the Hospital seeks to encroach on a residential area with a 53 foot high, 88,500 sq. ft. commercial development with another flat parking lot with 300 spaces! Lack of proper planning by the Hospital, as well as lack of proper oversight by the City of Saratoga Springs, SHOULD NOT BE REWARDED WITH MORE OF THE SAME. It is not smart growth but URBAN SPRAWL; makes a MOCKERY of a ‘COMPREHENSIVE MASTER PLAN’; unnecessarily REMOVES 8.5 ACRES FROM County, City & School TAX ROLLS; and WILL CAUSE ECONOMIC HARM TO AREA RESIDENTS by diminishing our property values.  

The Hospital recently had 3.26 acres at 55 Myrtle Street donated to them (in 2015 by the DiCresce family), which adjoins their existing 17.98 acres of Parking lots at 35 Myrtle Street (see attached 2015 Hospital site plan). THE HOSPITAL DOES NOT NEED TO EXPAND INTO 8.5 ACRES OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY, but wants to regardless of the neighborhood impact. The Hospital can use the property donated to them and can build their desired commercial office building upon the three contiguous pieces of under-utilized property they already own and which total 21.24 acres


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Re:  Petition to reject Zoning change for Saratoga Hospital’s commercial development

DA Collins was the developer of Birch Run, and the property in question was to be Phase III of our homeowners association. Our fear is that the request by the Hospital to develop 8.5 acres of residential property still owned by DA Collins Construction, is only part of a larger expansion which the Hospital wants to do, and the HOSPITAL IS  ‘PIECEMEALING’ (SEGMENTING) THEIR PROPOSALS FOR APPROVAL by the City of Saratoga Springs A PARCEL AT A TIME TO AVOID MORE CRITICAL SCRUTINY. The Hospital’s GRAND PLAN was to develop all 13.7 acres of land between Birch Run Homeowners Association and the Saratoga Golf & Polo Club grounds. The additional 5.2 acres (original 13.7 minus current 8.5 acres) were intended to be for 42 residential units up Myrtle Avenue along the golf course.

The 5.2 ACRES STILL OWNED BY DA COLLINS Construction, which was removed from the current proposal, WILL BE LANDLOCKED if the current proposal is approved, and will only be accessible thru the 3.5 acres donated to Hospital, 8.5 acres the Hospital wants to currently build upon, or our Birch Run homeowners association, MAKING FUTURE, PIECEMEAL (SEGMENTED) DEVELOPMENT BY THE HOSPITAL A CERTAINTY if their current proposal is approved. FOR THIS REASON ALONE, THE HOSPITAL’s CURRENT PROPOSAL SHOULD BE REJECTED and the HOSPITAL SHOULD BE MADE TO SUBMIT ITS ENTIRE PLAN FOR EXPANSION at one time, not piecemeal.


It is our sincere hope that the City of Saratoga Springs do their due diligence and protect the property rights of area homeowners from ‘urban sprawl’ by questioning the developer (the Hospital), as to their true intent including their future plans, and why they don’t use the 3.5 acres donated to them to expand, which they already own & which adjoins their current campus.

We do not object to the City of Saratoga Springs re-zoning the Hospital’s 3.5 acres property recently donated to them (55 Myrtle Street) to ‘Institutional’, which adjoins their current 17.98 acres of parking lots (35 Myrtle Street) and totals 21.48 acres for the Hospital to build their commercial office complex.

We also do not object to the building of housing units on the ‘Residential’ 8.5 acres owned by DA Collins construction and which adjoins our Birch Run homeowners association.

However, WE DO OBJECT TO RE-ZONING THE ‘RESIDENTIAL’ PROPERTY WHICH ADJOINS OUR BIRCH RUN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION and petition you for relief by denying the Hospital’s request. 

If the Hospital’s plan to build a 53 foot high, 88,500 sq.ft. commercial development with 300 parking spaces in our residential neighborhood is approved by the City of Saratoga Springs, when the Hospital has 21.24 acres of under-utilized property to build upon, we will have little choice but to appeal it to a Court for review, and make inquiries as to the propriety of the proposal & approval, and relationships of the parties involved.


Sincerely,


Dennis & Barbara Hultay

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2015 Hospital site plan




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April 12, 2019

 

Mr. Mark Torpey via e-mail to jennifer.merriman@saratoga-springs.org 

Chairman Saratoga Springs Planning Board 

City Hall – 474 Broadway 

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Dear Mark, 


We are writing to you to express our opposition to the re-zoning of the vacant land adjacent to Birch Run and Morgan street, identified as parcel #1 in the unified development ordnance (UDO) zoning map, from residential to institutional. My wife, Jaime and I live at 26 Saratoga Circle in the Birch Run Neighborhood, our home is approximately 20 to 25 ft from the Morgan Street property and arguably the closest residential property to the Hospital’s proposed building and parking lot.

We know you have received countless letters from our neighbors with concerns about noise, environmental impact, traffic etc., so I won’t waste your time with revisiting these extremely relevant concerns, rather I would like to pose some questions for your and the other member’s consideration.


· As homeowners who purchased and invested in a neighborhood that is completely residential and bordered by residential properties, shouldn’t I expect that our rights as tax-paying property owners should at least be equal to those of the Hospital? From comments I’ve heard from Hospital representatives and community leaders, it doesn’t seem this way.


· The Hospital has other options for their expansion and has publicly stated that if they don’t build on the Morgan Street Property they will build in the alternate location – their concern is that it would be more costly. Shouldn’t the cost to the pre-existing residential neighbors be at least as important, if not more so? As a residential real estate executive, with 30 years’ experience, I know how this will negatively and permanently impact our property values. Shouldn’t I expect our City Leadership to make this concern a priority?


Because this zoning change will not impact you or the others personally, perhaps it is impossible for you or the others to fully understand the impact of this, on us. Prior to any formal decision on this matter, so you can fully understand, I request that you and the others, individually or as a group, come to our home and stand in our living room and on our back deck. It can be a 5-minute visit and I promise we won’t give you any pressure during this visit – you can come and go. But please consider this request seriously, that is all that we ask.


Sincerely, 


Dave & Jaime Evans


CC:

mvalentine@saratogacountyny.gov, susan.barden@saratoga-springs.org, bbirge@saratoga-springs.org, meg.kelly@saratoga-springs.org




DEAR COMMISSIONER VALENTINE,

I IMPLORE YOU AND MEMBERS OF THE SARATOGA COUNTY PLANNING BOARD TO VOTE "NO" ON A REQUEST TO CHANGE ZONING (UDO REZONING MAP, MARCH, 2019). 

RE-ZONING FOR INSTITUTIONAL USE IN AN OLD ESTABLISHED NEIGHBORHOOD WHICH IS ALREADY EXPOSED TO HIGH VOLUME TRAFFIC  SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FROM HOSPITAL WORKERS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.

PLANS FOR A LARGE, LIGHTED PARKING GARAGE IN RE-ZONED OPEN LAND THAT BORDERS BACK YARDS IN THE BIRCH RUN DEVELOPMENT AND BEYOND IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE IN A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD.

EARLIER HOSPITAL PLANS CALLED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF SEVERAL MEDICAL USE BUILDINGS  AROUND THE PERIPHERY OF A  PARKING AREA ON CURRENTLY OWNED HOSPITAL LAND. HOWEVER, THIS LAND HAS NOW ONLY 2 SMALL MEDICAL USE BUILDINGS AND A GREATLY EXTENDED , SPRAWLING PARKING AREA THAT TAKES UP VALUABLE LAND ORIGINALLY INTENDED FOR SEVERAL MEDICAL USE FACILITIES.  DOES THE PLANNING BOARD FOLLOW THROUGH ON PLANS THAT WERE EARLIER APPROVED?

MY HUSBAND WAS ON THE MEDICAL STAFF AND ADMINISTRATION AT ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER  (AMC) FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS. DURING THAT TIME HE PARTICIPATED IN THE ENORMOUS GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF AMC,  INCLUDING THE ADDITION OF A LARGE PARKING GARAGE. THE MEDICAL CENTER ALWAYS PROMOTED A STRONG WORKING PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NEIGHBORHOODS SURROUNDING THE MEDICAL CENTER.

WHILE WE KNOW THAT IS EASIER TO BUILD ON EMPTY LAND, THE COSTS OF THIS PROPOSED PROJECT TO ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION, CONGESTION  NOISE,  AND  QUALITY COMMUNITY LIFE ARE IRREVERSIBLE  AND COULD HAVE BEEN HANDLED SO MUCH BETTER BY FOLLOWING THE EARLIER PLAN.

PLEASE VOTE NO. THANK YOU.

LAURA CHODOS
768 NORTH BROADWAY
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866

40 Seward St.

Saratoga Springs, New York 12866


Saratoga County Planning Board

Ballston Spa, New York 12020


I am writing to document my serious concerns about the efforts being made to rezone the neighborhood I live in, the Morgan Street area in Saratoga Springs, from residential to essentially commercial.


My name is Ina Harney. I have lived in my home for 35 years. I have lived in the city of Saratoga since I was a small child in the mid 50’s. So that you don’t think I have a background in the development of Saratoga, my father was Nat Oppenheim who spent his working career as the Saratoga County Promotion Director until his death in 1984. I grew up promoting Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County. It hurts my heart to speak badly about the growth in Saratoga.

This area has always been a residential neighborhood that is bordered on the west by Saratoga Hospital. The homes are modest, and most are not even 2000 sq ft. Many are raised ranches with a foot print of barely 800 sq ft. The building the hospital proposes to build in our neighborhood is 75,000 sq ft with an option of more space. This building alone is larger than 35 of the homes in total. Rather large and invasive.


They plan on a parking lot for 400 cars. I can not even envision a 400-car lot until I pass the Honda dealership on the way out of town. There are already massive parking lots surrounding the hospital. The hospital says they plan on moving 100 doctors to this building. With 100 doctors and minimally 2 staff per doctor, that is 300 cars per day. They then said doctors only see two patients an hour. Not true, they schedule every 15 minutes. That is 4 per hour, or 400 more cars in and out each hour looking for parking. With only 100 spots left, where do they park? On our streets? In front of our homes?

All these cars lead to even bigger traffic issues than now exist. I have problems getting out of my driveway now as cars short cut town by using Seward Street. They speed up the hill and can barely stop when they see a car pulling in or out of a driveway. Morgan street is a very narrow street that two cars can barely pass on with another blind rise. Adding 400 or more cars a day is an accident waiting to happen. The traffic would impact for many blocks, including the elementary school two blocks away.


There was a water problem before the new apartments were built and it has becoming a bigger problem as there is no ground for water to drain into and when it rains water flows into the yards and driveways on the East Side of Seward Street. The city has already had to create two drains at the foot of Morgan Street for the first time in history. My driveway has had to be rebuilt to prevent the water from coming into my house.


The lights put up for the apartments and the hospital have created a huge light pollution problem. It looks like day light at night. Broadway is not as well lit.

There is no need to build this building in our neighborhood. The hospital claims the doctors need to get to the hospital in an emergency. Well, they already have competent doctors in the hospital. It is not vital to get there in a hurry. Matter of fact, I doubt any doctor, except an obstetrician, has ever gone to the hospital from their office when called. And they are only in their offices 4 days a week for about 8 hours. What about the other hours of the day and the weekends? Do we not have emergencies? No, there are always doctors at the hospital. No need for instant appearances. If they are so concerned about being close to the hospital at a moment’s notice, they should buy our homes.


There are three places they can build in Saratoga Springs with little or no negative impacts on any residential neighborhood.

1. The area across the street from the emergency rooms. It is a parking lot, actually 3 parking lots. Build a building and parking garage. I know it doesn’t get away from the traffic issue, but it will not add another parking lot to our neighborhood. The only people who would see the building would be the hospital. It would be even closer. 

2. Build on the land adjacent to the hospital buildings at exit 15. 

a. There is open land for a huge building and parking lot close to their two existing medical buildings should a problem occur.

b. There is clear and easy traffic access.

c. There is bus service.

d. They already have moved doctors into these buildings.

3. The soon to be vacant office building on Broadway when AYCO moves to Latham.

a. The building exists and since they want offices, only some modifications will be needed.

b.  A big parking lot exists that is currently only used by AYCO.

c. The streets are wider and can accept the anticipated traffic.

d. There is bus service at the door.

e. There are many restaurants nearby.


As you see, there are more negatives about rezoning the Morgan Street area to allow the hospital to build on Morgan Street. Having this big intrusive addition to our neighborhood would greatly reduce the property value of our homes. Who would intentionally move into a neighborhood with these issues? It would completely destroy any value in the historic $2,000,000 Markey Estate. They would have a 400-car parking lot in their front yard.


Please do not allow the rezoning of our residential neighborhood. It would completely destroy the area I live in. 


Sincerely,

Ina O. Harney