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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.

The property at 22 Hammond Road, which a former county legislator wanted to buy for $60,000, was sold for $66,500 to a couple who has lived on adjacent property for years.

NEW SCOTLAND — The lack of public infrastructure in New Scotland has helped maintain a rural charm many residents value, a characteristic long lost in the neighboring suburban towns of Guilderland and Bethlehem.

GUILDERLAND — The town is considering changes to its zoning code, including one that would clarify where senior independent-living facilities can be built. This may stymie the Viscusi Builders’ hope of building a facility at 493 Church Road.

Pyramid’s new proposals related to the apartment complex it hopes to build on Rapp Road include dead-ending Rapp Road to prevent through traffic, and moving the end of Gipp Road.

The Ballet Barn, for many years the home of a thriving dance-education program run by local doctor Jane DeRook, is now bounded on two sides by senior projects

Not all farms are passed to the next generation of a family. In Knox, a beef cattle farm changed hands from a farmer who has owned the land for decades to a farmer who is trying new ways to make a profit.

GUILDERLAND — Developer Tim Cassidy of Senior Consulting LLC has received approval for Pine Bush Senior Living, to be built at 22-24 New Karner Road, near Route 20. After receiving approval, he went back to the town with some amendments to the site plan that were approved four or five months ago, he said.

Ken Harris, executive director of the Albany Guardian Society — a not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of senior citizens and their families and caregivers — recently called the explosion of proposed senior-housing projects in Guilderland “by far the biggest growth of any community in the Capital District.”

“People truly don’t know assistance is out there. We have so many different programs and so many facets, it would be wonderful for more people to use them,” said Tracy Gibeau, the executive director of the Albany County Rural Housing Alliance.

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