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Glass Works on the cutting edge

"We couldn't have created what we needed to create in another part of the town," said O'Brien.

O'Brien's wife, Lisa, a public relations representative for Platform said the village will be aesthetically pleasing, with bike trails, greenery and an amphitheater providing residents with pleasant scenery.

There will also be a "fair space" where meetings and small festivals could be held.

"Right now, Guilderland doesn't have a town center," said Lisa O'Brien.

The village is expected to develop close to 190,000 square feet of commercial space.

Nearly 100,000 square feet will be dedicated to small shops, boutiques and restaurants, 80,000 square feet of non-retail professional offices and a 10,000-square-foot day care building adjacent to the YMCA, according to information provided by Platform.

There will be close to 300 residences for sale, made up of cottage homes, townhouses, condominiums and condominium lofts. All of the condominium buildings will have underground parking and elevator service. As required by the Town of Guilderland part of the residences will be designated for seniors 55 and older.

Platform expects to spend close to $100 million over a seven- or eight-year period to construct the village, according to information provided by the developer.

"There is a shortage of townhomes and condominiums in Guilderland," Platform President O'Brien said.

Glass Works Village developers intend to fill that hole and provide residents with the opportunity to live in a relatively maintenance-free environment.

There will be no lawns to take care of and residents are not responsible for waste removal and plowing.

While no official prices have been set, Platform is hoping to sell 1,000-square-foot lofts for less than $200,000.

Units for single families could also be purchased for between $300,000 and $400,000, depending on the extras.

O'Brien said the village will cater to a large demographic, ranging from recent college graduates to seniors looking for a place to settle down after retirement.

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