Glass Works on the cutting edge

"The one demographic if may skip over is the family demographic," O'Brien said. "It's mostly for young people and empty nesters."

O'Brien said families living in four-bedroom homes on larger plots of land actually have detrimental effects on the economy, costing municipalities more money per child in education costs than the residents pay in taxes. The combination of retail and other commercial buildings in the village will provide a larger tax base, and Platform representatives said it will be able to generate more taxes than will be spent on the education of the children living in the village.

"It's less expensive per square foot," O'Brien said.

Increased traffic in Guilderland, especially on Route 20 was an issue raised at numerous Town Board meetings during the Glass Works approval process. Platform representatives said they continue to address the matter. Platform studies show the bulk of the Village traffic will be on "reverse commute," meaning traffic will move toward and away from the City of Albany at opposite times of normal rush hour traffic.

Joseph Sausto, a partner of Glass Works Village LLC, also pointed out that with whatever additional traffic the village does build it will also bring with it increased commerce and growth. He added many town officials acknowledge the inevitable expansion of the town.

O'Brien said his office is already getting calls inquiring when purchases can be made, and one interested caller commented on the hopes he can cut down on his driving by moving to the village.

"I'd like to move there, and move my office there and never have to use my car again," O'Brien recalled the caller saying.

Representatives said New York state's sluggish economy has not effected Platform's plans, and with the variety of housing options available in the village, Platform officials said they expect success.

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