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Town of Bethlehem hears Vista update

Cunningham said he also approves of the new changes.

"Vista came in, and they basically realigned the road," Cunningham said of the presentation. "They also reduced the amount of retail and condo space from 20 percent to 18 percent. We look at it as a real positive, and so do they."

Cunningham said BBL has worked very well with the town, agents and the project itself. He described the company as "a really good contractor."

The new road alignment means that the town will be responsible for fewer roadways, which will take some of the financial burden off of the town, according to Leveille.

The project is looking to combine commercial business in the technology sector with some retail and residential space incorporated into the campus.

The supervisor said the board would now look at the implications that condominiums will have on infrastructure and water and wastewater capabilities as opposed to the hotel. The tech park will connect to an extension to Route 85, essentially linking it with Interstate 90 and the Northway.

Leveille said the hotel was not totally eliminated from the plans, but was excluded from the first phase of construction because it would not be economically feasible until the park and surrounding area was built up.

"We like the idea of condos he substituted which helps feed the hamlet concept," Leveille said, adding that in a later construction phase, a Glen Sanders type hotel may be added down the road on the "old Dr. Jones site."

The hotel could then have conference rooms to accommodate the technology sector's interest.

Assemblyman Tim Gordon, I-Bethlehem, said that fellow lawmakers in the state Assembly have included $3 million for the Vista Tech Park in their preliminary budget, which he called "the first step."

The Assembly and the Senate vote on their own budgets in addition to the governor's proposed budget each year before a finalized state budget is proposed by April 1.

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