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Future of the mall still uncertain

Mixed use, office space or something walkable, to attract a diverse crowd, like the some 3,000 students at Siena College would be ideal uses, he said.

"I don't think that's a good location for a big-box," LaCivita said.

LaCivita said specialty grocery stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have expressed an interest in the area and might be able to "piggy-back" off of the Fresh Market being constructed on the corner of Route 155 and Route 9, just down the road from the Latham Circle Mall.

He also said he would like to see some means of public transportation to the location.

Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan said the town is eager to work with owners and tenants to allow the site to thrive, and he said the town is taking a pro-business stance.

"While various entities have expressed interest in the property, nothing concrete has emerged so far. The Latham Circle Mall remains one of our priority sites for redevelopment, and the town is willing to work with developers in support of a viable proposal for this site," Mahan said. "In the meantime, we have new procedures in place to assure that all projects can be dealt with in a timely and efficient manner. The Fresh Market redevelopment took only seven months to receive final approvals from the town. In short, we are business-friendly and will work with developers in every way possible to support redevelopment of the Latham Circle Mall."

This is the final article in The Spotlight series. Go to www.spotlightnews.com or check future issues to learn more about the mall's direction.

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