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Brandle Meadows nears grand opening

Jeff Thomas envisioned a community where like-minded seniors could live together, stay healthy and keep active, and in a few weeks, he will unveil that community.

Thomas, a developer who began his career in roofing, is preparing for the grand opening of Brandle Meadows, a retirement community located less than a mile off of Route 146 in Guilderland.

"This is going to be an active adult community," Thomas said. "We packed this place with as many amenities as possible."

Phase one will be complete in the next few weeks, and phase two and three will begin immediately after. Thomas said all three phases should be complete within the next 12 months.

"In the next month you're really going to see this place take shape," Thomas said.

There is going to be an open house for potential residents on Saturday, Aug. 2, and the grand opening will follow with the completion of first phase.

Donald Cropsey, chief building inspector for Guilderland said the buildings are almost ready to be occupied, but some more final inspections need to be made.

He said six of nine residential buildings, as well as the community center and some garages, have already been inspected. Three more residential buildings need permits in addition to several driveways, he said.

Thomas said the community is going to provide local seniors with affordable, maintenance-free living.

Featured at the development are a putting green, pool, walking paths, pond and a community center that features a fitness room with a plasma-screen television.

There is also going to be a community garden where residents can go to plant their own fruits and vegetables. Thomas said that the garden will provide many of the retired farmers in the area with the opportunity to keep a small part of their past livelihood.

"The planning of the development was done with a focus group of seniors for seniors," Thomas said.

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