Residential development project in Niskayuna to add extra land

Aerial photo of Williams Site in Niskayuna.Aerial photo of Williams Site in Niskayuna.

Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — Peter Luizzi, the contractor of the planned $30 million upscale residential development for the Williams Auto Scrap Yard site in Niskayuna, said the project is right on schedule.

But now the project, called Rivers Ledge of Niskayuna, may grow by another seven acres.

Luizzi, who owns Luizzi Brothers Contracting, said the Niskayuna Town Board and Planning Board granted the company permission to move forward with a planned unit development approval this week.

The current fleet of junk cars notwithstanding, the site is in an attractive location on a hill overlooking the river near the Rexford Bridge, bordering the Mohawk-Hudson Hike/Bike Trail and the town of Niskayuna’s Aqueduct Park.

When the project was first announced in early January, the 200-plus luxury apartment project was slated for the space currently occupied by the 21-acre scrap yard, with half being used for the housing, and the other half turned into green space to feature a clubhouse, pool, tennis and basketball courts, a putting green and more.