Glass Works on the cutting edge

"We're not feeling a housing crunch for this sort of project," O'Brien said.

He added that there are not many housing options for under $200,000 in the Capital District that are so close to other community amenities.

David Schultz, a former Guilderland resident, partner and president of Media Logic said public transportation will be a large part of the development.

O'Brien said there are preliminary plans to put a heated indoor bus stop in the village, with televisions monitoring weather and the location of Capital District Transit Authority buses using tracking software.

Glass Works Village has cleared most of the major the hurdles to get construction under way and the Town Board passed a resolution to rezone the site as a Planned Unit Development on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The Town Board approval was the last "discretionary" approval needed to proceed.

Glass Works Village received approval from the Guilderland Zoning Board of Appeals for a height variance on one of its buildings on Wednesday, Jan. 7, and the project is now undergoing final engineering for items including water and sewer.

As the development stands now, a two-lane road behind Guilderland library connects it to the village, however the road cannot be built for at least two years. During that time, other solutions, such as improving Mercy Care Lane can be explored as alternatives, as the representatives of the library oppose the additional traffic behind it.""

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