Group discusses hamlet proposal

A characteristic "hamlet" features retail, recreational and housing uses, along with entertainment uses for theater and the arts.

A resident of Slingerlands asked if the town is going to use eminent domain proceedings to develop the hamlet site.

"There is no eminent domain here," said assistant economic developer for the town, Michael Morelli. "This plan is for willing property owners to participate; there is no plan to take people's property."

According to supporters, advantages to a hamlet-style development include pedestrian access to stores, a common environment for people to work and play, and a physically attractive neighborhood. Disadvantages can include pedestrian safety, uncontrolled congestion and a day-only destination with no nighttime draw.

Consultant Burt Wolf facilitated the three meetings. Developers representing Peacock Development and Vista Technology Park were at the sessions.

"We refined and concluded the session with a couple of different looks on how this might enfold," said Leveille. Officials are looking at making the proposed site a traditional village with a variety of retail, recreational and other community uses.""

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