Shelter Cove development approved

A housing development nearly a decade in the works was approved by the Colonie Planning Board Tuesday, March 30.

Shelter Cove, located off of Route 9 across from the town landfill, will consist of 200 apartments and 111 single-family home units overlooking the Mohawk River. A private clubhouse with a pool and tennis court is also in the plans.

Developer Dean Devito of Prime Companies said he'd like to begin construction on the project in the early fall. The apartments would be built first and a number of single-family home lots would go up for sale along with them. The schedule for build out of the rest of the development would be influenced by market conditions, said Devito.

The Planning Board attached several contingents to its unanimous approval, among them the placement of signage on Route 9 informing the public of access to the Mohawk River that will be provided via an easement through the development. Users will be able to park along a road in the development and walk down to the river.

The developer will also make a donation of 10 acres of land to the town's park space and build a multiuse path connection to an existing town path nearby. The town's Planned Development District rezoning legislation requires developers provide some public benefit in their project.

Plans for a bridge that will be built as part of that path were beefed up so it would be able to support the weight of emergency vehicles.

If there is a 911 response to some part of that trailthe response may be delayed if they don't guess right and they came in from the town park side when the person is on the other side, said Town Designated Engineer Brad Clark of Barton and Loguidice.

The town was most concerned about the project's proposal for sanitary sewer, however. The developer's plan had called for sewage to be pumped to a force line along the town's multiuse path, but town planners said they'd like to see it pumped to a gravity sewer in Dutch Meadows instead.

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