Located at the southwestern point of Rensselaer County, the town sits alongside Interstate 90 and is located only 15 minutes from downtown Albany. Because of its access to major highways, the Amtrak Station and Albany International Airport, the Town of Schodack has seen recent grown in commercial and residential development. The town has a current population of 13,151 which include the Village at Castleton and Schodack Landing.
Because of its geography and easy access to major highways, Schodack has seen development with such major projects as the Hannaford Distribution Center and the Village at Schodack Plaza. The Town is also home to Goold Orchards, one of New York State’s oldest farms the award winning Brookview Station Winery.
Village at Schodack LLC
The Village at Schodack is a mixed use development site with five buildings, a bank, gas station and hotel all located on site. The Village at Schodack houses over 35,000 square feet of office space that houses 11 tenants including doctor’s offices, medical arts and pediatrics facilities and a pharmacy. The site is also home to a Comfort Inn and Suites. Opening in 2004, the hotel has 89 guest rooms and over 3000 square feet of meeting space with seating available for up to 200 people. Plans for a sixth building with up to 14,000 square-feet of space are underway. The new at the Village at Schodack will be a mixed use facility, with office, medical, retail and restaurant space available.
The Hannaford Supermarket Distribution Center project was completed in 1990 with significant additions in 2003 and 2005. The distribution center is currently one of the largest in the region at more than 580,000 square feet. Upon completion, the facility created 450 full time supporting wage employees. Hannaford chose this area for its incredible convenience to both North/South and East/West interstate access. Another reason is the infrastructure allows access for double trailers right from the thruway directly into the center. The center currently serves 75 Hannaford retail grocery stores, located in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Goold Orchards/Brookview Station Winery
Goold Orchards is a third generation, family owned farm that recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary. The farm covers 130 acres and crops, 16 varieties of apples and award winning apple cider. They also grow strawberries, raspberries pumpkins and gourds. During their peak season, Goold Orchards employs over 70 people. In addition, Goold Orchards hosts an apple festival, which attracts over 25,000 visitors each year from all over the Northeast. In 2006, Goold Orchards launched the Brookview Station Winery. The award winning winery has grown to offer 12 different varieties of wine and has developed a wine trail with other local vendors in New York and western Massachusetts. Goold Orchards cider can be found in Hannaford Supermarkets, Shop & Save Markets and Bruegger’s Bagel Shops. Garelick Farms also distributes the Goold Orchard cider throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and Long Island.
School children in Schodack, depending on where they live, attend school in one of four districts. Schodack Central, Averill Park, Ichabod Crane, and east Greenbush Central school districts provide public, K-12 education in schools that are among New York’s most highly rated. At all grade levels, student achievement as reflected in standardized testing directed by the NYS Board of Regents is well above the median. High School graduation rates are high and most graduates win college admission to New York’s State University or community college systems or private colleges.