Others suggested small businesses should stick to established commercial zones, and fill empty storefronts there.
The developer does not have any businesses lined up yet, but has suggested the spot would be ideal for small offices, dry cleaners or cafes.
Others were more general in their comments, including Albany County Legislator Charles Dawson, who lives in Chadwick Square.
"I oppose this project. I do not think it adds anything to our town, or community. In fact, I think it detracts from it," he said.
Among other topics, residents also questioned the tax benefit of the project, its visual impact and the stability of the apartment market.
There were a few attendees who spoke either in support of the development or in favor of landowner's rights in general. Resident Bob Jazinski, who is a frequent attendee of town meetings, said if the project fits the zoning guidelines it should be allowed to go ahead.
He also said the majority of protestors were neighbors of the development, and called their concerns a "local" issue.
"I wonder if all of these people are going to appear at the other Planning Board [meetings]," he said. "I could've got up when Walden Fields was proposed and said I don't like it " I live on Bender Lane.""