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Community unites over broken ground

Proponents say Shaker Pointe at Carondelet ushers in a new era of senior living

Shaker Pointe is one step closer to welcoming residents after a Friday, June 4, ground-breaking ceremony featuring area religious and political leaders.

Shaker Pointe at Carondelet is a not-for-profit senior campus to be run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

When complete, the nearly 200-home mixed residential development will offer physical, spiritual, social and cultural amenities, according to planners. The first phase is scheduled to be complete in eight to 10 months.

The development's Pointe is a public section of the commons building slated to benefit residents of Shaker Pointe and those in the community.

"I am here to say, we are about to break ground," said Sister Charla Commins, who is on the board of directors for the project.

The project, which has been in the works for eight years, is located at 42 and 48 Delatour Road and will have 198 residential units and 38,000 square feet of office, retail and restaurant space. It will be targeted for seniors 55 and older.

Howard Hubbard, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, said he is glad to see the project come to fruition, and offered a blessing before the ceremony.

Hubbard said building housing for the "boomer generation" is an important goal, as there are still large numbers of baby boomers in the area.

The Sisters of St. Joseph identified a need for senior housing at around the same time other studies showed Colonie had a void. The need for such housing prompted the development.

Hubbard credited Supervisor Paula Mahan and past Supervisor Mary Brizzell with helping the project move along.

He said Shaker Pointe will be "a place of health, warmth, security, joy, peace and love for all who live there."

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