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GUILDERLAND: Glass Works heads to public

While the document touched on character impact briefly, Bosworth said, "I don't think it has been addressed the way it should. To have a village of that size with both commercial and residential (areas), the impact is going to be very, very significant."

Councilman Mike Ricard asked that more details be fleshed out on the potential impact the project could have on the response capability on the town's police and emergency service departments.

"I don't anticipate this project being like Wal-Mart or Crossgates," said Ricard, adding, "The impact on police and EMS should be looked at with some quantifiable numbers."

Ricard said the issue could become a factor as Guilderland's police force could expect an increase in officers reaching retirement age over the next 10 years.

Frank Palumbo, who worked on the DEIS, said it would be conceivable that those numbers could be looked into in more detail, but: "It's hard to crystal ball something and see what it will be."

The DEIS touches on the project's focus on increasing pedestrian uses while decreasing reliance on automobiles. Runion asked that something be presented that's more specific.

"I don't see anything in here that really tells me how this project is going to impact that criteria," said Runion. "I'd like to see what these pedestrian enhancements actually are."

Developers requested enough time between Tuesday's meeting and the public hearing to consider these recommendations and to give the board additional time to request additional information as well to see what may materialize as developers move forward with the planning board.

The public comment session on the DEIS will be held on April 17 at 8 p.m. at town hall.""

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