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Colonie mulls the future look of Central Ave. corridor

Laberge serves as the village's engineer and sits on the advisory committee.

"The plan is to try to get somewhat of a quality look to the avenue so it's a comfortable atmosphere as you drive down the corridor," he said. "It is obviously a long-range planning tool."

Krause's Homemade Candy, located on Central Avenue, was held up as an example of what village planners hope the guidelines will accomplish in terms of a business's appearance.

Ann Krause, wife of owner Tom Krause, sat on the advisory committee.

After moving to the current location in the late 1990's Krause's has undergone renovations and improvements that include having store parking in the rear and landscaping that faces Central Avenue.

The village worked hand in hand with the Capital District Transportation Committee, which, along with the state Department of Transportation, has taken particular interest in the Central Avenue corridor and the new guidelines. A representative of each organization sits on the advisory committee.

Copies of the guidelines can be found at Village Hall or online at colonievillage.org. Village trustees will vote whether to enact the guidelines at the close of the public comment period in which case they will go into effect.

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