Guilderland Planning Board approves Pyramid’s Rapp Road project

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland Planning Board at its Oct. 28 meeting voted to unanimously approve Pyramid’s site plan for its proposed 222-unit apartment and townhome development on Rapp Road.

After filing some paperwork with the state and county and obtaining various permits for road work, Rapp Road Development, the limited-liability corporation proposing the project, will be able to get a building permit.

A suit is still in progress against the project.

The project would be built on the west side of Crossgates Mall, the side of the mall with Macy’s, and southwest of the intersection of Gipp and Rapp roads.

The plan proposes three two-story townhouse-style buildings, with 10 units in each building, totaling 30 units, on the west side of the property. On either side of the entrance to the property, the developer is proposing two five-story apartment buildings, one with 94 units and the other with 98 units. The project additionally includes about 3,900 square feet of commercial space

The company is also proposing a total of 362 parking spots: 84 indoor spaces and 278 outdoor spots.  

The site-plan approval findings statement included in the meeting agenda says that the proposed site plan “is in substantial compliance with the Town of Guilderland Comprehensive Plan, Westmere Corridor Study, and Transit Oriented Development District Zoning,” and that the site-plan application also meets the criteria set out in the town’s zoning law.

The document concludes that planning board has dedicated 12 of the past 24 months “to conduct[ing] an extensive and thorough environmental review,” as evidenced by the project’s positive State Environmental Quality Review declaration, meaning the board determined that the proposal may have a significant adverse environmental impact, which led to the subsequent Environmental Impact Statement.

“The record shows the Planning Board has taken a hard look at the environmental impacts, mitigated those impacts to the maximum extent practicable, and have incorporated site plan designs based on the EIS Findings Statements and comments received from the public and interested and involved agencies,” the site-plan approval concludes. “The Applicant incorporated site plan designs that comply with recommendations from the Town Comprehensive Plan, Westmere Corridor Study and TOD District zoning regulations.” 

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