Green space is increasing in Queensbury! The town has recently acquired a tract of land from a developer in lieu of payment. The land is connected to a preserve and a trail system that is already in place.
Rush Pond, near the acquired land, photo provided by Queensbury Parks & Recreation
Developer Joseph Leuci owed a parkland fee of $16,500 for building 19 houses off John Clendon Road. Instead of the payment, he offered a 62-acre section of land near the Rush Pond Way Preserve; about 40 acres of the land can be used for a park, while the remaining 20 constitutes the housing development.
Not everyone was immediately on board with the exchange – 3rd Ward Councilman Doug Irish expressed reservations about accepting land in lieu of a large payment. However, at the recent town meeting, Irish was persuaded and the board voted unanimously to accept the land.
The land is not only near the Rush Pond Way Preserve, but also connects to existing trails, nearby neighborhoods, and the Queensbury School. It is also near Glen Lake. Part of the appeal of this land is the fact that it does link to these nearby trails and areas – it’s not a chunk of isolated land.
“It fits in perfectly with the town’s open space vision plan,” Supervisor John Strough told The Post Star. He added that it will help preserve Glen Lake as well.
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