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Senior housing, Shaker style

According to information from the developers, residents will have a "24-hour staff, service, scheduled daily transportation, housekeeping service, indoor and outdoor maintenance, and extensive activities and programs among many others services."

Some of the services will be available to other town residents who do not live in the development.

The project is in the building permit stage, and Grifferty said construction is slated for late spring, and the first phase will be complete by fall of next year.

The rest of the project will be built out over two years and is expected to create 200 construction jobs, and 48 full-time workers will be employed at the facility.

Joe LaCivita, Colonie director of planning and economic development, said the project has both architectural and practical benefits to the town.

"They're playing a part in the town's rich history," LaCivita said, noting the classical architecture the development will have.

"I didn't think we found anybody in opposition to it," LaCivita said.

The buildings are designed to look separate, Grifferty said, but will actually be connected.

"It fits in with the Shaker theme," he said, but is distinct enough to stand on its own. It's "tipping a hat" to the historic architectural style.

The project is a collaborative effort among the Sisters, Alchester Development based in Latham, LeCesse Construction Services, LLC, based in Rochester and Kanalstein Danton Associates from Voorhees, N.J., who provided the plans.

"In the last few years, we've been amazed at the level of public interest in our mission. Shaker Pointe's comprehensive approach to aging has been well received by seniors in the Capital Region, and our future residents can't wait to call Shaker Pointe home," said Sister Lauren Van Dermark, project coordinator of Shaker Pointe.

Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan said the project serves to provide senior housing and fits with the goals of the Sisters.

"The Sisters of Saint Joseph are providing the Town of Colonie a unique senior lifestyle design at Shaker Pointe," said Mahan. "The Sisters are an integral part of our community and Shaker Pointe at Carondelet fulfills an important role in their mission."

Call 690-0011, go to www.shakerpointe.org or visit the information center at 678 Troy Schenectady Road in Latham for information about the development.

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