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For well over a decade, the former Bender melon farm in New Scotland has languished on the market for the princely sum of $4 million. Now, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy has the opportunity to purchase the 198-acre property for about a quarter of list price, but still well over the full-market assessment of under $800,000 on the county tax rolls.

Town board candidate Laurel Bohl told The Enterprise she has a right to not have anyone place “for sale” signs on her property. 

By offering environmentally problematic properties through a sealed-bid auction, Albany County hopes to avoid charges that it is unfairly picking people to convey properties to. 

ALTAMONT — Citing a lack of support from the village of Altamont as well as time constraints, the citizens’ group Historic Altamont Inc. on Monday said that it would no longer seek a state grant that may have covered the entire cost of restoring the historic — and dilapidated — Dr.

The land bank wants to know how much it would cost to have the building demolished, to make the site more attractive to developers.

Town Planner Kenneth Kovalchik wants to encourage the development of senior independent-living facilities along Western Avenue, where residents could walk to doctors’ offices, coffee shops, and bus stops.

People want higher ceilings than in the past, and developers need to include more infrastructure, including required fire-suppression systems, between floors, according to Jacqueline Coons, the town’s chief building and zoning inspector.

David Fusco, owner of Carman Plaza, is constructing an apartment building just to the north of the plaza on Carman Road at the intersection with Old State Road in western Guilderland.

On May 15, the Guilderland zoning board approved a 256-unit senior independent-living proposal that was the catalyst for the birth of a grassroots group urging “responsible development.”

BETHLEHEM — Eight acres of landlocked farmland will be preserved in Bethlehem as development encroaches.

The land, near the intersection of Route 9W and Wemple Road, was acquired by the not-for-profit Albany County Land Bank from the county for tax foreclosure, and will now be kept open by the town.

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