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The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation prohibits tree-cutting from April 1 to Oct. 31 in areas where the northern long-eared bat lives, to avoid hurting bats that might be roosting in the trees.

The towns of New Scotland and Bethlehem are partnering for an event — on Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar — where interested landowners can learn of different ways to conserve their properties for future generations.

ALBANY COUNTY — Building permits for multifamily housing outpaced those for single-family homes in the Capital Region in 2016 for the first time in recent memory, said Mark Castiglione, executive director of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission.

The same trend continued in 2017, he said, but to a lesser extent.

The Rosenblum Companies, the developer that owns Great Oaks, says that office-space rentals are lagging. Proposed apartment buildings would have amenities open to office tenants and would, the developer hopes, make the commercial space more attractive to potential tenants.

GUILDERLAND — New town planner Kenneth Kovalchik will make a presentation to the town board, at its Dec. 18 meeting, about all of the existing and proposed apartment and senior-housing complexes in Guilderland.

A 92-unit apartment complex intended for senior citizens, at Route 20 and Mill Hill Court, broke ground on Nov. 1. The Guilderland Industrial Development Agency has granted the $21 million project $650,000 in sales and mortgage-recording tax breaks.

GUILDERLAND — A new citizens’ group is concerned about the number of apartment complexes currently proposed in Guilderland, which would add more than 1,200 units.

An application submitted recently to the town would bring 283 apartments and 80,5000 square feet of commercial space to the wooded land near the Guilderland YMCA.

Also, the developer for Hiawatha Trails still wants to build 256 apartments on Route 155 across from the Farnsworth Middle School, but will need to submit a new application, and has given up on including an office building.

Residents are much happier with the revised plan, but are still very concerned about traffic in the area.

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