NEW HOMES, BIKE TRAIL IN OLD BOGHT CORNERS

FRANCES INGRAHAM Staff writer
Section: AT HOME,  Page: G1

Date: Sunday, April 11, 1993

Considered one of the oldest developed areas in the town of Colonie, Boght (pronounced "bout") Corners still has a surprising amount of undeveloped land for such a desirable location.


Boght Corners, which is a relatively large area (not an intersection), is located west of Cohoes, east of the Northway, south of the bike trail along the Mohawk river and northwest of Swatling/ Miller Road, which zig-zags across routes 7 and 2. For many years Boght Corners was known as Groesbeck's Corners. The name Boght is an Anglicized version of "Het Bocht," which is Dutch for "the bend" in the river.


With the exception of a few historic dwellings, most of the individual homes are conservative older buildings dating back 50 years or more. Newer homes consist of capes, bungalows, ranches, raised ranches and familiar traditional styles, ranging from Colonial to Victorian.


"I've lived here all of my life," said Jacob Oreshan, who will be 72 years old in May. "My parents moved up here from New York City and purchased farmland. When I got married I purchased a 50-acre farm and began a cattle and milk business, which grew to the point that I rented more acreage above and below my farm.


"This is a wonderful neighborhood where we all try to do whatever we can to help one another. There was a time, however, that we knew everybody, but now there are so many new homes that it's hard to keep up," he said. "Today, people come and go, especially many of the trailer homeowners and people who rent."


Most residents in the Boght Corners area do their shopping along Route 9, or elsewhere.


"That's the beauty of living here, we're within close range to so many shopping centers. We can go to Cohoes, Troy, Latham, Albany and Saratoga within minutes," added Oreshan, who in addition to serving as a commissioner of the Boght Volunteer Fire Department, served as a Republican committeeman for 25 years.


Residents also benefit from the Colonie Town Park located above the bike trail along the Mohawk River. Oreshan said that the town purchased the area for the park after the New York Central Railroad ceased its operation through the neighborhood. In addition to biking, there are also picnicking spots and two swimming pools.


The sign of the Reformed Church of the Boght cq on Boght Road says it was the first church to be built north of Albany. It was organized by the Classis of Albany (the governing body of church officials) on Feb. 22, 1784. POPULATION: There are approximately 1,418 taxable parcels in Boght Corners (figure reflects single dwellings and parcels of land as large as 80 acres).


POLITICS: The Colonie Town Board is Republican.


TAXES: Residents pay a rate of $127.3234 per $1,000 of the assessed value for town and county for 1993 and $248.92 per $1,000 of the assessed value for school for 1992-'93.


SCHOOLS: Children attend Boght Elementary School for grades K-6, Shaker Junior High School for grades 7-8, and Shaker High School for grades 9-12.


HOUSING: Approximately $85,000 to $130,000.


POLICE, FIRE, HOSPITALS: Colonie Town Police, Boght Volunteer Fire Department, Albany and Troy hospitals.


TRANSPORTATION: CDTA service runs a loop from downtown Albany north up Route 9 to Latham and into Cohoes Monday through Saturday.


AMENITIES: Restaurants, cleaners, gas stations, convenience stores, gift shops, garden stores and Guptil's Roller Skating area along Route 9, Colonie Town Park and major shopping malls in Latham, Cohoes, Troy, Schenectady and Albany.