The Colonie Senior Service Centers is working to revise its plans for new affordable senior housing.
In attempt to meet the needs for affordable senior housing, the Senior Service Centers has been working with the Planning Board to fine-tune site plans for its potential 11 Elks Lane location. The Senior Centers appeared before the board once again on Tuesday, Feb. 9, to hear further suggestion on public benefits for the project.
The affordable housing, if approved, will be located by the Colonie Elks Lodge in Latham. The plan proposes a 48,400 square foot building with three stories and 100 senior apartments. Senior Centers Executive Director Ed Neary said that rent would range from $850 a month for a one-bedroom to $1,100 for a two-bedroom with an annual two percent cap increase on rent.
The Senior Centers will also construct a pavilion on the property for parties and outdoor activities, as well as provide health and wellness activities, and a library for seniors.
While many Colonie residents attended the Planning Board meeting to hear the outcome, public comment was not taken. Much of the conversation surrounded the public benefits expected from the senior services to go along with the project.
Hershberg said providing affordable senior housing was a need the town had expressed several times before, he said.
“The point of affordable senior housing is that the profit margin isn’t there. This is a not-for-profit organization. Their goal there is to meet a need, which as been repeatedly identified in every report we’ve seen from the town,” said Hershberg.
The potential housing middle ground between rent prices of the Senior Centers Beltrone Living Center, ranging from $1,150 to about $2,200 for suits, and subsidized housing at Sheehy Manor, according to Neary.
The site plans itself, though, revised from earlier designs, still had some work to be done, like addressing site visibility from the neighborhood and marking existing vegetation on the site. At a later meeting, the planning board will schedule a public hearing concerning the affordable housing project, giving town residents a chance to make any concerns known before final approval.