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Albany's Park South residents weigh in on Albany Med expansion

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany's Park South residents had the chance to weigh in before a massive expansion project moves into their neighborhood.

Albany Medical Center's latest muti-million dollar initiative is meant to enhance and transform the Albany neighborhood, but as they move in -- that means some tenants could be forced out.

"We knew it was coming when Quintessance closed.  We saw the construction and knew it was only a matter of time," said Howard Glassman, owner of Valentines Bar.

"I understand expanding, but gentrification isn't something I'm thrilled with, but it is what it is," he said.

"Now that the plan is in place, the meeting tonight will give residents the chance to learn more about it," said Jeffrey Gordon with Albany Med.

Glassman says while he doesn't want to lose his business he understands change happens.

"Change happens, accept it," said Glassman.

Developers laid out plans Wednesday for retail shops and apartments.

"We held the meeting today to get feedback and we will put that to use in the long term an," said Jeffrey Gordon with Albany Med.

But many people at the meeting at Albany Med Wednesday wanted more specifics- like exactly what retail shops would go in the area.

"We have a livable, walkable neighborhood which we will lose if we end up with corporations owning the retail space," said Park South resident Joe Galu.

The developers and Albany Medical say they will meet with all 37 residents in the area that might be impacted by the development, but some were left wishing for more Wednesday

"They held the meeting and said 'we want you to feel a part of this process,' but it's gonna move along whether you agree with it or not," said Park South resident Ashley Chapple.

 

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