Town's senior center to move to private development

The Enterprise — Anne Hayden Harwood

Modern senior center: The town’s senior program is moving, this year, to this spacious building at the new Mill Hollow Development on Frenchs Hill Road. Developer Jeff Thomas agreed to donate part of the community building to Guilderland’s Senior Services as part of the agreement for his senior-housing development.

The Enterprise — Anne Hayden Harwood

Aerial view: Developer Jeff Thomas’s senior-housing development, Mill Hollow, consisting of more than 80 condominiums, is nearly ready for occupancy, and more than 4,000 square feet of a community building on the site is being donated to the town for its senior services program. The building is located at the upper right corner.

GUILDERLAND — The town’s senior services will get a new home soon, on Frenchs Mill Road, at the site of the old Bavarian Chalet.

Developer Jeff Thomas’s senior-housing complex, Mill Hollow, is nearly finished, and as part of the plan’s approval from the town, Thomas agreed to dedicate a portion of a community building to senior services.

“They should be turning it over to us in perpetuity soon,” said Supervisor Kenneth Runion.

The town will be responsible for the maintenance of the building.

Senior services have been located at the town hall, but, said Runion, there have been event conflicts.

“Our program utilizes quite a bit of space and we’re running out of it,” Runion said.

The building at Mill Hollow will feature offices, dining and social areas with fireplaces, a kitchen, and a spacious porch.

“We will be able to add more programs now,” said Runion.

He said he did not see a conflict of interest in having the town occupy a building in a housing complex being marketed to seniors.

Thomas could not be reached for comment.

The supervisor said he expects the building to be open for use by the summer.

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