Ballston Spa Village Board/Ballston Journal

Tedisco Trail to Stay Closed for Demolition Work

BALLSTON SPA – The Tedisco Trail will remain closed for longer than originally anticipated, Mayor John Romano said at Monday’s Village Board meeting.

The trail, names after then-state Assemblyman, now Senator, James Tedisco, has been closed for about three weeks, the mayor said, as part of the former Angelica Textiles remediation project under supervision of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The project involves demolition of the Angelica “out-buildings,” the mayor said, most of which are behind — to the west — of the Bath Street main building. They include ruined buildings with a tall chimney that were built as a long-closed tannery, and are now close to the Tedisco Trail. The trail runs through woods from Front Street north to Prospect Street, west of Bath Street and east of the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.

Ballston Spa Village Board/Ballston Journal

Ballston Spa Village Board/Ballston Journal

Romano said the demolition project has proven more difficult than expected, requiring additional equipment, and that it is unclear exactly when the trail will reopen.

Angelica operated other parts of the site, including the main building on Bath Street, as a laundry until 2010. Its parent company is currently in bankruptcy proceedings. Trustee Noah Shaw said he has talked recently to attorneys involved in the case, and the Ballston Spa property is not one of the Angelica assets being acquired by KKR. Instead, Shaw said, the property is being managed by a creditors’ committee working with the federal bankruptcy court. Once the environmental remediation is done, it will likely be placed on the market.

Meanwhile, the village plans to change the zoning to prevent a new industrial use. Romano said there will be opportunities for public input into this process.

In other business, Trustee Shawn Raymond said the section of the Zim Smith Trail south of the village, which was closed for sewer work, may reopen as early as this weekend.

Romano, after consulting previously with the Police Department, proposed and the board adopted temporary traffic pattern changes during the upcoming Saratoga County Fair week, from July 18 to 23. A lane will be created on Milton Avenue for northbound cars turning left on Prospect Street, toward the fairgrounds. The lane will start at Ford Street, and parking will be prohibited on the east side of Milton Avenue.

Also, traffic patterns will change at the intersection of Fairground Avenue and Prospect Street. Northbound traffic on Fairground will not be able to turn east (right) on Prospect, and traffic leaving parking Lot A on Prospect will not be able to turn east (left). The mayor said the changes are needed to reduce congestion.

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Reporter Bob Conner has worked 21 years in various positions at the Gazette of Schenectady, and before that four years as a reporter at the Glens Falls Post-Star. He won two first-place writing awards from the New York Associated Press Association for newspapers with circulation between 50,000 and 250,000. Bob has a Phi Beta Kappa bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University, and an associate’s degree in chemical dependency counseling from HVCC. He is a published author and is currently writing a historical novel about the last four months in the life of Ulysses S.Grant

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