Another possible solution to the traffic and safety concerns would be to improve the quality of Mercycare Lane in order to handle the increased traffic. Runion said the library should play a part in funding efforts to improve the roadway.
"I'm giving you the chance to step up to the plate," Runion said.
Others who spoke at the meeting shared their thoughts about the potential development.
Joe Bryant, a resident of the town, said the thousands of people and cars the development will bring are not needed.
Bryant said, "It brings nothing to Guilderland that it doesn't already have," and he later called it a "monstrosity."
Alice Begley, the Guilderland town historian, said she supports the development, and one day hopes to live there.
"I hope one day to be able to walk to my favorite library," she said.
Jan Weston, the town planner, said that developing the land has been a longtime intention of the planning board.
"This is some of the best planning the town has ever done," she said.
She also said she supports a separate connector road behind the library.
The library has discussed plans to expand eastward, however, Ganz said, those plans have been put on hold for at least six months as a result of the slumping economy.
Runion said the matter will be discussed again on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
"If we don't do something now, we'll never get it," he said. ""