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CLIFTON PARK: Builder proposes senior housing

If all goes well, the western part of Clifton Park may have an 80-unit, affordable senior housing complex constructed as early as 2010.

Conifer Realty presented a plan for Conifer Village, a proposed development on the corner of Route 146 and Waite Road, at the Monday, Oct. 15, town board meeting.

Andrew Bodewes, the project director with Conifer, said the plan still needs zoning, planning board and town board approval. If all goes well, Conifer hopes to start construction on the 28-acre project by spring 2009 and start moving residents in by spring 2010.

The thing that really is important to us is that we produce quality housing, Bodewes told the town board. "We're not just a developer who comes in, develops a property, and walks away. We're in it for the long haul. We own and manage everything we develop."

The L-shaped building would be three stories. If the plan is approved and completed, eligible renters would have to be at least 55 years old and make no more than 50 to 60 percent of Clifton Park's median household income, which is approximately $33,000 per year.

Anyone making more than 60 percent of the median income would not qualify. Some of the apartment units will be reserved for residents making no more than 50 percent of the median income, while others will be reserved for residents under 60 percent.

"It's really designed for folks who are on Social Security and on a fixed income," Bodewes said. "It provides a really nice, quality, affordable place for them to live."

Bodewes estimated that the rent will be between $520 to $640 for a one-bedroom apartment and $620 to $750 for a two-bedroom unit.

Gavin Vuillaume, with Environmental Design Partners, is the project engineer.

"Right now, we're really just concentrating on the site itself and the zoning aspect of it," he said. "We think that with all the hours that we've put into it, this is probably one of the best layouts that we've come up with."

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