City Council To Go 'On The Road' with visit to Moore Hall on Saturday morning

An unusual off-site City Council meeting will take place Saturday morning during which council members and city residents alike have been invited to visit the Moore Hall site on Union Avenue slated for redevelopment. Bonacio Construction has applied for zoning variances to allow a conversion of the former Skidmore College dorm into 53 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

The potential project has garnered disapproval from some members of the public who say the proposed level of density of development exceeds what is appropriate for the neighborhood, and traffic concerns, among other issues, will negatively impact the area.

Saturday’s meeting will originate 10 a.m. at the Empire State College Meeting Room, 2 Union Ave.

“I think it’s important to meet with the residents and find out what’s going on with this parcel,” Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen said Tuesday night.

“The residents of the neighborhood, all residents of the city, member of the City Council and (developer) Sonny Bonacio have all been invited to look at the site, and then give a short discussion regarding it. We have reached out to Sonny Bonacio – who has, so far, declined to come to the meeting.”

Permission has been granted by the building owner for a site visit on the property.

“Basically, this will be a City Council meeting on the road,” Mathiesen said.