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Monday, April 14
Tuesday, April 8
Police identify woman who fell from Stonequist Apartments
Saratoga Springs Police Lt. Robert Jillson said preliminary medical examinations offer no indication of foul play and he said there is nothing suspicious about the death. He would not say immediately whether the police suspected the death was suicide or an accident.
The police blotter entry for the incident, however, indicates police were called to Stonequist for a "suicide attempt."
Her obituary was submitted to The Saratogian today:
Robin Lee Schelmbauer of Stone Quest Apartments passed away on April 5, 2014 at her home. She was 48. Born on October 27, 1965 in Ballston Spa, NY she was the daughter of Patricia Stanton.
She is predeceased by her grandparents William and Bernice Howard. Survivors include her mother and step father, Patricia and Robert Stanton of Ballston Spa, NY, a step-father Francis L. McCormick, a son, John P. Schelmbauer and his wife Kayla and grandson Brayden of Wilton, NY, a sister Francine Merrills of Providence, NY, 2 step children, Mike and Katie Schelmbauer, two uncles, James Howard and his wife Judy and Billy Howard both of Ballston Spa, NY, an aunt Bonnie Lee of Kentucky and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family at Maplewood Cemetery in Wilton.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, PO Box 418629, Boston, Ma, 02241-8629. Arrangements are entrusted to Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.tunisonfuneralhome.com.
Saturday, April 5
Woman dies after fall from sixth floor of Stonequist Apartments
"Last night about 9:30 officers were sent to investigate a cellular 9-1-1 call at the Stonequist Apartments. The caller, a 48 year old female, was alone in her sixth floor apartment of Stonequist at the time of the call. Prior to officers making contact with her, she went out one of her windows and fell to the ground. Saratoga Springs Fire transported the woman to the emergency room, but she died later on.
Police do not suspect anything suspicious at this time. I will not be releasing the name at this time, as the deceased has family outside the area.
-- Lieutenant Robert H. JillsonInvestigations' Division CommanderSaratoga Springs Police Department"
Wednesday, March 26
Rip Van Dam gets site plan approval for expansion, construction expected this summer
|A shot of their rendering, which I particularly love for the old cars and men with fedoras everywhere.|
Ellsworth Square gets Planning Board approval
The project, known as Ellsworth Square, has been working through the city’s Planning Board for more than a year and seeks to transform the now empty site of the former factory into a solid block of townhouses, houses, apartments and commercial space that will occupy the entire block between Division and Cherry streets and Walworth Street and Marvin Alley.
“We knew you would eventually get tired of seeing us,” Peter Belmonte, one of the local developers on the project, laughed after the project was approved.
He is working on another local developer, Steve Ethier, on the mixed-use development, their first collaboration.
“We bought it out of foreclosure. Instead of bidding against each other we decided to join up,” Ethier said.
The Planning Board worked through particular details of the project with the two Wednesday before approving the site plan and subdivision of site.
The plan is comprised of 24 townhouses, four single-family homes, 20 apartments and 4,000 square feet of commercial space.
Plans call for a three-story building at the corner of Division and Walworth streets with commercial space on the ground floor and apartments on the upper two. Next to that building will be a two-story apartment building on the corner of Cherry and Walworth streets.
“We want low-impact, low-density, low turnover establishments,” Ethier said, agreeing to restrictions to keep out restaurants, barber shops and other uses.
A private, internal street will provide access to the townhouses’ attached two-car garages.
Ethier said they hope to move forward with construction in the fall. Belmonte said, depending on market conditions, the build out should take about 18 months.