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Clapper Road project begins

"I was interested in the high-end and the low-end homes, because our comprehensive plan calls for a mixture of homes with different values," he said.

Mathusa said the least expensive properties in the development would be well above $250,000.

Mathusa said the next step is to determine lead agency in the SEQRA process and further review the proposal.

"And I'm sure that the state Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation will be interested because of all the historic components of the Hillman Farm," said Mathusa, who had a paper route near the development and remembers going to square dances on the property.

"Clapper Road is a very special place for me, so I'm very interested in seeing it done well," he said.

Incorporated in 1967 by Charlew President Lawrence Lewandowski and brother Charles Lewandowski, Jr., Charlew Construction has built and sold more than 2,000 homes in 36 neighborhoods across the Capital Region, Walsh said.

He said he would like to appear before the Planning Board again in April or May of this year. If everything goes smoothly, he said, Charlew Construction could have shovels in the ground in 18 months.

"Certainly not sooner," he said.""

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