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Glass Works vote on hold

Runion said the money goes directly toward enhancements such as parks, sidewalks and bike paths related to the entire scope of the project and Mercy Care Lane only represents a small number of travelers coming from the library who would benefit from its upgrade.

Councilman Mark Grimm said he supports upgrading Mercy Care Lane.

"That's the real solution here. Not destroying that ambiance behind the library," Grimm said.

Councilman Paul Pastore questioned the feasibility of legally avoiding the construction of a connector road if one is included in the legislation.

Schultz said that would be possible, and Runion pointed out that the law could always be amended after it passed.

Schultz also said Atlantic-Pacific has no preference about whether or not to include the road, and would contribute the funds that would have gone toward the road to bring Mercy Care Lane up to standards.

Several residents spoke in favor of holding off on a decision to rezone the parcel and approve the project.

Guilderland resident George Koh said more time is needed to give people a chance to learn about the project, and Paul Bashton, a resident of Hamilton Street, agreed that more public exposure is needed.

Rosemarie Centi, the town's clerk, assured the residents that notice goes out to all of the residents within 750 feet of the project and said there are public notices published in local media outlets and on information about the project on the Internet.

John Candemi, also a resident near the proposed community, is opposed to the size and magnitude of village and said the traffic generated from the village will be severe.

He said that although the community is being marketed as a "walkable" community, there will still be traffic generated from the development.

"They're still going to drive into their community, and they're still going to drive out," he said. "I'm concerned about the quality of life, the traffic, the noise."

Candemi said the village is too large for that portion of Western Avenue.

Several other locals mentioned a loss of habitat for wildlife if the project is approved. ""

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