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Glenwyck senior housing project seeks rezoning

Glenville complex would have 104 units of assisted living space

An artist rendering of the proposed new Glenwyck Manor, which would be located at the corner of Dutch Meadows Lane and Route 5 in Glenville.

An artist rendering of the proposed new Glenwyck Manor, which would be located at the corner of Dutch Meadows Lane and Route 5 in Glenville. Courtesy of Creighton Manning Engineering

— Before construction on a new $7.3 million senior complex in Glenville starts, developers need to secure a zoning amendment.

Glenwyck Development, LLC, is requesting an amendment to the zoning of 10.5 acres of land on Dutch Meadows Lane from General Business and Professional/Residential to Multi-Family Residential. The entire site consists of 21.5 acres and the independent living apartments are planned to use around 6.5 acres.

The Glenville Town Board on Wednesday, May 16, added a resolution to the agenda calling for a public hearing on the amendment to be held at its Wednesday, June 20, meeting. The town Planning and Zoning Commission also approved the zoning change on Monday, May 14.

The new facility, Glenwyck Manor, would be located at the corner of Dutch Meadows Lane and Route 50 and hold 104 units of independent living restricted to people 62 years of age and older. One- and two-bedroom units are planned for the facility, which would also have community center with an indoor pool.

Mary Elizabeth Slevin, attorney representing the project, said there is a need in the community for senior housing. Also, she contrasted the project from the new county-run Glendale Nursing Home.

“The apartments are certainly different than anything the town or (Glendale) has,” Slevin said.

She said seniors would be living independently and be able to have their vehicle to leave the facility at their leisure. Also, the assistance would be at a “minimal level,” so it won’t compete with nearby facilities, she said.

Commission Chairman Michael Carr said there is a “demonstrated need” for the facility in the town. Carr also said the zoning change was consistent with the town’s master plan since it provided a “less intensive” usage for the property than under previous zoning.

The first phase, construction of the independent living apartments, would be a $7.3 million investment. A proposed second phase includes an additional 60,000-square-foot assisted living facility that would hold 92 units.

County officials have estimated the project would generate $1 million in new tax revenues over the proposed 10-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement, which the Schenectady County Industrial Development Agency would administer.

Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant said the new facility wouldn’t compete with the nearby Baptist Health, because it would be “complementary” to the existing services.

“It is being very well received in the town,” Boulant said.

If the Glenville Town Board approves the zoning change, developers would return to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a site plan review.

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