PERTH - With progress being made toward transforming the former Tryon youth detention center into a business park, new concerns arose Thursday night at the Town Board meeting regarding traffic.
Amid discussions of who would do the site plan review - the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency or the Town of Perth - Dog Warden Joseph Passino discussed how much worse the intersection of County Highway 107 and Sacandaga Road would become with the increased traffic.
"My concern is Sacandaga and 107," Passino said. "I've probably been almost killed a number of times [there]."
Town Supervisor Greg Fagan agreed there will be more traffic, but there are plans to decrease the dangers of the intersection where drivers on Sacandaga Road have a hard time seeing the traffic coming each way on County Highway 107, and drivers heading east on County Highway 107 have a difficult time seeing traffic on Sacandaga road, which sits up on a hill and around a slight bend.
"Part of the plan is to improve 107, and part of the plan is to improve getting traffic over to Route 29," Fagan said. "You're going to see more traffic. Would you rather see less traffic than more business?"
Fagan explained the part of the plan being discussed is to make a road from the new business park to County Highway 158, which runs between Route 29 and County Highway 107.
Passino said even without the Tryon facility being used, there still should be a four-way stop sign at the intersection.
Zoning changes are expected to take effect soon for the area, making it a business and technology zone. The zone would allow for 12 different uses, including business offices, warehouse and distribution facilities and research -and-development buildings.
It is uncertain when the zoning will be changed, but Fagan said, "It sounds like we're pretty close to having this done."
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