Albany ‘Times Union’ Plant Hits Zoning Snag

By: E&P Staff

The Times Union, Albany, N.Y., reports today that its pressroom project in nearby Colonie may be delayed after its representatives were told at a Development Coordinating Committee meeting yesterday that its site will require a variance because it does not allow for a new press.

Plans for the $55 million project to be completed in three years call for building a 70,000-square-foot addition at the newspaper’s headquarters to accommodate a new production and packaging plant (E&P Online, March 31). Staff writer Carole DeMare quotes the Hearst paper’s operations director, Dan Cuoto, saying that the press selection, which “will dictate the footprint of the building,” is expected within eight weeks.

Town commercial building inspector Bob Cordell said Colonie was rezoned two years ago, putting the paper in an area designated for commercial/office space, which prohibits a new printing plant. When the existing plant was opened in 1970, however it was in a zone that permitted presses DeMare reported.

The zoning board of appeals must grant a variance before the newspaper can get planning board approval. An assistant to project engineer Edwin Vopelak, of C.T. Male Associates, said that upon review of the ordinance, no zoning change was found, according to the Times Union report.

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