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individual stores and for the commercial district. They did not want a plan that enables the Planning

Board and/or Town Board to negotiate with the developer for larger development.

Workshop participants wanted to preserve the character and rural nature of New Scotland and

surrounding communities. They want a main streetfeel rather than standard roadside strip center

development. Their biggest concern was to preserve the small town character.

C. Impact of Retail Development

Commercial real estate development covers a myriad of uses. According to the NYS Office of

Real Property Services, commercial real estate includes: living accommodations (apartments, condos,

hotels, etc.); dining establishments; motor vehicle services; storage, warehouse & distribution; retail

services; banks and office buildings; miscellaneous services (funeral homes, dog kennels); and, multiple

use or multipurpose (row houses). The focus of this report is retail and wholesale (BJs/Costco)

development. They will use road capacity and possibly require road improvements which are costly and

to which New Scotland residents are opposed. A 110,000 sq.ft. shopping center can generate as many

as 946 car trips per hour and 9,710 trips per day. Large parking areas are not desired by residents of

New Scotland. Other issues of concern include: storm water runoff associated with large impervious

surface areas and large traffic volumes associated with public health and safety, including air quality


Large retail centers can lead to an increase in crime. According to a Times Union article

published on 12/28/06, the applicant for the 350,000 sq. ft. Bethlehem Town Center in Glenmont

predicted a modest impact on police services - maybe four or five calls per month. In reality, the Wal-

Mart alone sometimes generates that many calls per day. The Wal-Mart supercenter has added 1,175

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