The facility will include a fitness and aquatic center, multiple recreational rooms, convenience store, hair and nail salon, barbershop and multiple dining venues.
County Executive Mike Breslin also spoke about the need for housing, and discussed the importance of long-term care for seniors, something he has been pushing for in recent years.
"This is what we need to do to provide for our seniors," Breslin said.
Town Supervisor Paula Mahan said it was rewarding to get to the end of such a "long road."
She said she was impressed "not only with the beauty of it, but the management and professionalism of it," she said.
Congressman Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Colonie, and Stephen Grifferty, president of the Alchester Companies, also attended the event.
Grifferty commended the dedication of the sisters.
Sister Mary Anne Rodgers, province director, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet; Sister Kay Ryan, and Sister Lauren Van Dermark, who served as project coordinators were on hand and helped with the blessing.
Phase I of the project is expected to be complete in eight to 10 months, after a few more permits are handled and the project has three phases total.
For information, visit www.ShakerPointe.org or call 690-0011.""