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Residents hear project updates 'Around Town'

Messina said he wanted to emphasize that there would be no downsides to the town, landowners, property owners or homeowners if the area is deemed a historic district.

"It's not one of those situations where you want to change something and will be overregulated; that's not the deal here," said Messina. "There's nothing to fear here. It's all good stuff about this district."

Michael Morelli, director of the department of economic development and planning, gave an overview of the Vista Technology Campus. He said construction of Vista Boulevard, or Phase 1A, would include a 40,000-square-foot, two-story office building. It would preserve the cemetery at the back of the boulevard and would place a roundabout at the back. He also said some secondary uses for the tech park haven't been formally submitted but have been talked about, like a couple banks, a drugstore, a grocery store not to exceed 65,000-square feet and a 5,500-square foot sit-down restaurant.

"The property is zoned for mixed economic development. About 80 percent will be professional offices and technology based businesses but they can also build 20 percent for secondary uses that would serve the residents," said Morelli.

Morelli gave an update on the Hamlet Apartments project on New Scotland Road that would create a 50-unit multi-family residential development. While there are constraints with wetlands, Morelli said high-end apartments with garages are proposed, and the project is in the early conceptual stages. A walking path with access to Price Chopper Plaza is also planned.

Rob Leslie, senior planner, said the 130-acre Phillipin Kill Manor would have 30 twin homes off Fisher Boulevard, six homes off Orchard Street to resemble large estate lots and 49 single-family homes. The project received approval from the town board as a planned development district. About 35 acres of conservation land in that area would be dedicated to NYSDEC Five Rivers and there are plans to provide pedestrian access to the preserve.""

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