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GUILDERLAND: Glass Works heads to public

At the Tuesday, Feb. 6, meeting, the Guilderland Town Board discussed with Glass Works Village developers points they would like to see clarified by the time the project moves to the public comment hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on April 17.

Supervisor Kenneth Runion said John Behan, of Behan Planning Associates had asked for clarification on a number of issues in the DEIS, including impact on land use and zoning, community character, land resources, economy, recreation and transportation.

Developers say the project, with more than 320 residential units and close to 200,000 square feet, will be built under the New Urbanism philosophy, a theory of development that focuses on a return to the urban ideal of a town center with pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use neighborhoods.

In spite of the clarifications requested, Runion said that both Behan and town planner Jan Weston, felt that the 6-inch thick impact statement was sufficient enough as is to move ahead with scheduling a public hearing.

In addition to Behan's recommendations, other town board members expressed what they would like to see clarified as the project moves toward the public hearing.

Councilman David Bosworth requested addressing the potential impact on intersections not covered in the DEIS, and asked that more work be done on the impact on intersections further east of routes 20 and 155. Bosworth speculated that the project's traffic impact could be felt to at least the intersection at Fuller Road.

"It couldn't help but have some impact on those intersections if we do this project," said Bosworth. "I think the general public is going to be very interested about what we can do about the traffic load."

A lawyer for the project said traffic considerations were something that the developers could take a closer look at.

Bosworth also asked for a more detailed study of how the project could affect the town's character.

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