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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 16, 2008

Glass Works changes plans to answer concerns

By Saranac Hale Spencer

GUILDERLAND — Two weeks before the public hearing for Glass Works Village’s planned unit development designation, the developer has submitted amendments to the PUD legislation, after hearing some concern at the last town board meeting.

The development, which is billed as being New Urbanist, mixes homes with businesses and is planned for about 56 acres on Route 20 near the Guilderland Public Library

On Oct. 9, the developers wrote to the town, “In response to the input and feedback that we received on and after the recent Town Board meeting, I am happy to enclose for your consideration and review the proposed Planned Unit Development Legislation for Glass Works Village, to be considered on Tuesday, October 21, 2008.”

At the board’s Oct. 7 meeting, Supervisor Kenneth Runion told the developers that he was concerned about the ratio between residential and commercial development at the site should market conditions change. 

“I’m not looking to handcuff you,” he said, but asked for a commitment from them to build the two types of structures at a similar rate, so that Glass Works wouldn’t end up as either solely residential or commercial.

According to the proposed law, the development is to include about 195,000 square feet of commercial space and up to 310 “residential living units.”

To comply with Runion’s request, the developers added to the proposed law: “The completion and issuance of the certificate of occupancy for the fifth commercial building must be completed before the issuance of the one hundred and fiftieth residential building permit.”

The amendments also include the road to be built behind the library, connecting Mercycare Lane with Winding Brook Drive, at the town’s request.  The road, approved at the Sept. 10 planning board meeting, has been a point of contention for the Guilderland Public Library, which recently constructed a reading garden in the vicinity of the proposed road.  (See www.alatmontenterprise.com under archives for Sept. 18, 2008, for coverage.)

The public hearing for the proposed law will be held at the next town board meeting, on Oct. 21.

Other business

In other business at its Oct. 7 meeting, the board:

— Voted unanimously to set a public hearing for Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. for the sewer assessment roll — regarding the expenses of improvement;

— Voted unanimously to set a public hearing for Oct. 21 at 7:45 p.m. for the sewer assessment roll — regarding the expenses of maintenance; and

— Voted unanimously to approve a collector’s warrant for the Guilderland Water District following a computer glitch in the last billing cycle that resulted in artificially low bills.  The total to be collected is $141,034.08.

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