The Guilderland Planning Board is now discussing a Transit-Oriented Development District that is largely made up of the mall itself and also includes the town-owned southern portion of the ring road around the mall, vacant land on Gipp Road to the west, and those formerly residential streets now with mostly vacant homes: Lawton Terrace, Gabriel Terrace, Rielton Court, and Tiernan Court. “It’s really encouraging mixed-use development and walkability and use of public transportation,” Chief Building and Zoning Inspector Jacqueline Coons said of the proposed overlay district, which is based on the Westmere Corridor Study of 2016.
2 Rielton Ct. in Westmere, pictured above, appears vacant. It was purchased for $170,000 in 2014 by Best Homes of Westmere, LLC, whose address is in Rochester, the same address used by another LLC, which owns multiple properties along these formerly residential streets. According to town Assessor Karen Van Wagenen, attorney Douglas Ulrich of that address is listed on some documents in town hall as being associated with Crossgates Mall, so “there may be a connection.” She did not know for sure.
Photo by Elizabeth Floyd Mair
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