HALFMOON, N.Y. — The Town Board last week approved a request to amend an existing planned development district to allow construction of a 110-unit independent senior living facility.

The board unanimously approved site plans for the Summit at Halfmoon Senior Living Facility at the June 2 meeting. Summit Senior Living operates similar facilities throughout the Capital Region in Guilderland, Wilton, Glenville, East Greenbush, and Colonie.

The amendments to the Boyajian PDD will allow the construction of a three-story building on two adjoining parcels totaling 13.6-acres. The project site consists of a 12.7-acre parcel that is part of the existing Boyajian PDD which is accessed from 1620 Route 9 and a smaller parcel of nearly an acre accessed from 29 Sitterly Road.

The new facility has a footprint of 50,000-square-feet. Constructing the facility will require the demolition of a two-story, four-unit apartment building on the Sitterly Road site.

In addition to the structure for the living units, the project will have five buildings containing 10 vehicle garages each and a small maintenance building.

According to the project narrative, the senior living facility will have an internal swimming pool and spa, group exercise nights, lunch outings and transportation services. In presenting the project to the board its representatives said there will also be bocce and pickleball courts, continental breakfasts, a pub with cocktail hours, and movie nights.

During a discussion of the project at its initial presentation to the Town Board in March, the applicant’s representative was asked by a board member if the facility would be simply one for seniors over the age of 55 years or a licensed independent living facility. He was told the project is not a licensed independent living facility but rather independent living for seniors.

“It is the goal of the applicant to encourage sensible growth and fill a need in the community for desirable senior living,” said project engineer Mike Bianchino. “(It’s) proposed to provide the Town of Halfmoon with a much-needed housing option. The project will seamlessly fit in with the surrounding apartment and commercial developments and will fill a void within the current housing options in the town.”

The project consultants believe the senior living facility will be a good transition between the large apartment complexes found on Sitterly Road to the west and the commercial area where Sitterly terminates at Route 9 on the east.

Additional public benefits due to the changes to the PDD include will be a contribution of $500 per unit to the town for general purposes, $500 per unit to the town toward the purchase of park land, and the construction of two outside pickleball courts at the Halfmoon Senior Center.  

The Town Board’s approval of the amendments to the PDD came with the stipulation that the applicant must first address concerns raised by a resident living at 28 Sitterly Rd.

That resident expressed her concerns at a May 19 public hearing noting that traffic generated by the addition of the senior facility coupled with that of the New Meadow School which is nearby will make it more difficult for her to exit her driveway.

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