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IDA: No break for housing plan

Agency says abatements for residential buildings do not fit with its mission

The Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency did not approve tax abatements sought by a residential development after deciding at their Friday, May 23, meeting that approval of the tax credits did not fit with the agency’s mission.

New Scotland hears second solar proposal

Company touts larger estimated savings of $370k over 20 years

Competition is brewing for New Scotland’s bid into solar energy, with a second company claiming it could offer even more savings annually on electricity bills.

Soccer dome approved for Bethlehem

Inflatable dome will fit two fields and offices

The Bethlehem Soccer Club has received final approvals to move forward with construction of their indoor soccer complex on Wemple Road.

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Stram Center gets final approval

Former school district administration building to see new use as medical facility

The Stram Center of Integrative Medicine was back before the Bethlehem Planning Board for final approvals so the facility can relocate to 90 Adams Place.

Albany County’s hotel occupancy tax distribution debated

Legislators propose shifting funds from convention center but fail to gain support

Some county legislators do not believe funneling more than $7 million annually toward Albany’s convention center and civic center is the best use of its hotel occupancy tax revenue.

Activists speak out against casino

Local business alliance seeks involvement as process moves forward

A group of Bethlehem activists are speaking out in opposition of a casino proposed for Exit 23 in the City of Albany.

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Activists air oil train concerns

Panel discusses impact on residents, rail workers

As more is learned about the increased transportation of crude oil by train, more residents from outside the City of Albany are taking up the cause to make the trips safer, or stop them altogether.

Dirt-bike dust-up

Owner of Hidden Meadows Golf Course says noise from neighbor’s track is driving away customers

The owner of a Glenmont golf course went before the Bethlehem Town Board on Wednesday, April 23, with a signed petition in opposition to the noise generated by his dirt-bike-riding neighbors.

BIDA wants to nix special tax status for Vista site

Group says that designation would have only applied to Breonics, which is not moving forward

Since it was officially made known Breonics will no longer be moving to Vista Technology Campus in Slingerlands, the Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency is seeking to remove the project’s enhanced abatement status.

Taco Bell builders seek variances

Proposed Glenmont restaurant is slated for Bethlehem Town Center plaza

Developers of a proposed Taco Bell in Glenmont are seeking variances for parking and facade signs from the Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals.

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Bethlehem residents largely opposed to ‘E23’ casino plans

Some worry traffic, safety a concern; say town would reap few benefits

The Bethlehem Town Board sought the residents' opinions on Wednesday, April 9, on the proposal to build a casino just off of Thruway Exit 23. The facility would technically be in the City of Albany, but would border Glenmont.

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Lafarge breaks ground on plant modernization

Ravena facility renovation will replace kilns and cut emissions, retain jobs

Federal, state, and local officials and business leaders gathered on Friday, April 11, for Lafarge North America’s groundbreaking ceremony at its Ravena plant. The project will replace the more than 50-year-old equipment with “state-of-the-art” technology.

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Upgrading tradition

Jericho Drive-in asks for community’s help to go digital

Jericho Drive-in owners Mike and Lisa Chenette are starting a fundraising campaign to purchase a new digital projector, or they face closure next year. Depending on the equipment needed, the projectors can cost between $70,000 and $100,000.

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Survey: Health care costs loom over businesses

Annual studies show area’s commercial climate positive despite challenges

Capital District businesses fear how much health care could hemorrhage its bottom line, according to recent surveys, but the overall outlook foresees a bright future.

Dolin: Target realistic commercial development

New Scotland zoning regulations reform could help growth; affordable housing

New Scotland officials will soon release a request for individuals interested in joining the new Economic Development Advisory Committee, but there is some debate over the process.