The 50-unit project was first proposed as 72 apartments, which forced the town to make changes to its zoning law. The new town law allows only 40 total units in the hamlet.

“Each of those per-acre calculations are below the density set forth in the various relevant zoning districts,” said Supervisor Peter Barber.

This week, the Rensselaerville Town Board moved ahead with a law that would — on paper, at least — allow marijuana dispensaries to operate in the town, scheduling a public hearing for Sept. 28. Meanwhile, discussion about another law, which would regulate Airbnbs and other short-term rentals, was paused for lack of urgency.

The Sept. 12 suit includes photographs of Gabriel neighborhood houses in disrepair, overgrown with brush. “The reason for the neglect is now obvious,” the suit argues. “Pyramid ceased maintenance of the neighborhood in order to now argue the area is blighted to support its bid for condemnation.”

Under the belief that an auto dealer would be setting up in Rensselaerville, dozens of residents showed up at a planning board hearing to learn that that was not the case — but it didn’t stop them from airing their grievances anyway.

A number of village residents had spoken in favor of keeping chickens in the village at the board’s July 18 meeting, leading the village board to draft a local law to that effect. A public hearing on the law has been scheduled for Oct. 3. 

 Albany County’s first major solar photovoltaic ground-mount array will be built on five acres of county property located at 897 Watervliet Shaker Road. Construction is expected to be complete in 2024.

Guilderland IDA board members on Aug. 22 approved $2.1 million in sales-tax relief and a $75,000 break on the state’s mortgage-recording tax for Crossgates Releaseco, a Pyramid Management Group LLC. 

The grant from the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act may fund up to $3 million or 60 percent of the $6.6 million project. The town’s portion of the payment, to cover the balance of the project, Supervisor Peter Barber said, would come from “the reserve funds that the water department has on hand.”

The Guilderland Town Board on Tuesday dealt with extending timelines for two proposals, accepted an amended application for another, and approved the withdrawal of a fourth. 


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