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Niskayuna assisted-living facility unveiled

Ingersoll Place, an assisted-living community, held a grand opening of its new facility on Consaul Road in Niskayuna, Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The new facility, which has been several years in the making, offers several amenities to its residents, including a dining room serving three meals a day, sunrooms at the end of each corridor, an activities center, library and beauty salon.

The community's board of trustees Vice President James Erceg said the facility considered making renovations to the 150-year-old building formerly located on Balltown Road in Niskayuna, but decided to build a new facility at the cost of $12 million because renovations would not have been cost effective at the old location.

Ingersoll Place, which is a nonprofit organization, received $9 million from the Schenectady County Industrial Development Agency to build the facility.

Erceg commended the contractors for their hard work in the facility and said the building only cost $100,000 more than the contractors estimated in January 2005.

He also thanked former Niskayuna Town Supervisor Luke Smith for advocating for the facility during a battle over the old location.

Niskayuna Town Supervisor Joe Landry intended to attend the event, but was delayed.

Liz Orzel Kasper, a town board member spoke on Landry's behalf saying that initially she was opposed to building a new facility, but she said she is proud of all the work that went into the facility and its final product.

As you can imagine, a project like this takes a lot of time and dedication, said board President Robert Armbrust. He thanked all who took the time to see the project through to fruition.

"This is absolutely one of the most magnificent facilities in the area," said Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Schenectady, who attended the grand opening.

The facility, which opened in June, offers 55 assisted-living apartments ranging in price from $2,400 to $4,800 per month. It is at 98 percent capacity with 29 residents moving from the old facility to the new.

There are also 17 memory-care apartments designed to help people with memory loss in the new facility.

"Ingersoll has a history and tradition of providing a safe and warm place to live," Armbrust said.""

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