Glass Works on the cutting edge

Two hundred years ago, area residents could not have imagined what it would be like to travel miles and miles in a mechanized vehicle to get a cup of milk or a loaf of bread; now people can't imagine otherwise.

Platform Realty President Daniel O'Brien, has a different vision for the future, though, and sees residential development moving toward echoing the quaint comforts of small villages.

Platform is the developer of Glass Works Village LLC, a 57-acre mixed-use development that recently was approved by the Town of Guilderland. It sits on Route 20 near the Guilderland Public Library.

Planning Board Chairman Stephen Feeney said the town of Guilderland is seeing good growth and the village is a large part of that.

"That's an exciting project that I hope they can pull off," Feeney said.

The development got its name from an old glass factory that used to sit on the site. Platform representatives said they consulted with Guilderland Town Historian Alice Begley to help name the village.

People have tried these types of developments in other areas, O'Brien said, and location is the most important factor in creating a "village."

Platform scoped out 10 to 15 other towns as potential locations for the village, but the Guilderland location fit the bill best, O'Brien said.

"[Glass Works] is central to Guilderland, and it has all the amenities you as a Guilderland resident would want to have," he said. "It really is a true village based on its location and a lot of the design elements."

He said the most important feature of the village is its "walkable" nature.

Within walking distance of the village is Guilderland Elementary School, a senior center, the Guilderland Public Library and a YMCA, with Price Chopper Plaza and the Western Turnpike Golf Course just down the road.

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