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CLIFTON PARK: Builder proposes senior housing

The building will include areas for exercise, computer use and a common room. Conifer also plans to contract with local salons and doctors to come on to the property for residents.

The corridors of each floor will be painted a different color, which Bodewes said would make it easier for residents to recognize where they are in the building.

The building will also have an emergency call system. When residents activate it, a monitor will tell the manager on duty or emergency personnel who activated it and where they are located in the building.

Clifton Park resident Norm Goldman spoke in support of the plan.

"I have been an advocate for affordable senior housing that would permit people who don't qualify for the very low income, federally subsidized housing to take advantage of it," Goldman said. "This seems to fit the bill."

Councilman Sandy Roth said that numerous plans for senior housing have come before the board in recent years, but that Conifer Village is the first affordable plan.

"There are seniors that want to stay in our town, and market value is not where they can stay. They need something that is more affordable," Roth said. "That thing is going to be 80 units. I bet you they're going to have 400 to 500 applicants."

Roth asked Vuillaume if the plan included any trails.

"I don't believe Conifer feels with the community and the age population that we're dealing with that we need an extensive amount of trails," Vuillaume said. "Certainly if there was a master plan where a sidewalk or a trail could be extended either along Waite Road, or somewhere else within the project that could connect to, I think that probably would be something we'd be willing to work at."

Nineteen acres of the property are designated wetlands, and the plan only calls for construction on about 4 acres. The parking lot will have capacity for 90 spaces.""

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