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Guilderland Archives The Altamont Enterprise, December 2, 2010
No go for bus stop shelter at plaza
By Anne Hayden
GUILDERLAND A neighborhood leader is pushing for a bus shelter at the Town Shopping Plaza on Western Avenue, but such a shelter is unlikely any time soon.
At a recent meeting of the McKownville Improvement Association, a representative of the Capital District Transportation Authority responded to questions about a potential bus shelter by saying the property owner wouldn’t permit it, according to Don Reeb, the association’s president.
Wolanin Inc. owns the plaza property, which includes a Price Chopper. Reeb said the CDTA representative attending the meeting informed residents that Wolanin would not permit any part of its property to be used for a bus shelter; a bus stop, without a shelter, already exists there.
Reeb was written a letter, as an individual, to the Enterprise editor this week, stating, “This is outrageous. Nearly every time I visit Price Chopper, I see bus patrons waiting for a bus there in the rain, in the snow whatever. It is hard to imagine that any business would be so mean, self-destructive, and selfish.”
Gregory Wolanin said only his brother, Vincent Wolanin, the founder of the company, could comment, and he was out of town and could not be reached.
Margo Janack, a spokesperson from the CDTA, said the transportation company did enter into a discussion about the possibility of a shelter at the plaza several years ago.
“We can’t put a shelter on private property without approval, and we did not get permission,” Janack told The Enterprise.
The Golub Corporation owns the Price Chopper in the Town Shopping Plaza, and representative Mona Golub said the location would benefit from a bus shelter, but that the corporation had not been made aware of any discussions about adding one.
“We have a very good relationship with CDTA and we are always trying to provide continued bus services to our locations, so we would like to see one at that plaza,” said Golub.