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Skylane Motel to be redeveloped into storage units

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COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Plans are in place to tear down the controversial Skylane Motel and put something useful in its place.

The Skylane Motel in Colonie is owned by Alex Patel. On Thursday, Patel submitted plans to turn the rundown motel into mini-storage units.

“Then they’re going to redevelop the site, which is just under an acre with the storage facility of approximately 42,000 sq. ft.,” Dir. of Planning and Development Joe LaCivita said.

The plans were required by court order to be submitted by the end of the day on Thursday. Otherwise, Patel would have faced $750,000 in fines.

The town isn’t wasting any time moving forward.

“We got it,” LaCivita said. “We did the curser review last night sending it out to all town departments today.”

The exposed wires, mold and unsafe stairs inside the Skylane were well-known to people living nearby.

“Somebody fell through the floor once the conditions were so bad, but at least it got closed down,” Shane Zesewitz said.

Town officials are relieved that all the plans, applications and fees were submitted.

“Things are moving along again in the right direction, and we’re very happy about that,” Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan said.

After the plans are approved, the building will be demolished.

“We received the plans and the applications,” Mahan said. “Everything that we required, as of yesterday, they have their zoning verification.”

Patel plans to build a storage facility in its place.

“It’s low impact as far as noise traffic, things like that,” Mahan said.

“Anything’s better than what’s just sitting over there right now,” Zesewitz said.

All responses for the plan must be back to the town by March 17, and demolition of the building must begin by 21 days after.

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