Footings are being poured and framing for eight buildings is beginning on the first part of a 260-unit project in Niskayuna along the Mohawk River.
“Rivers Ledge, overlooking the Mohawk River on Aqueduct Road, is one of the most transformative projects to occur in Niskayuna,” said Niskayuna Supervisor Yasmine Syed. “Included in the project is a comprehensive beautification of the Aqueduct parkland which will provide vistas unlike any other in Niskayuna along the Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail that connects our town to downtown Schenectady.”
Work began Feb. 18 at the site that was approved in October 2018. Eight buildings are under construction with the hopes of being completed in December, according to an update provided by Project Manager Chuck Perfundi Jr. to Niskayuna Town Planner Laura Robertson.
The project will consist of 260 apartments on 21 acres at 2837 Aqueduct Road. The first phase will comprise 160 units — 16 buildings with 10 apartments each. The second phase, with 100 units, will focus on senior housing and include some retail space. The project will cost about $26 million.
Construction crews from Peter Luizzi & Bros. Contracting have already begun pouring footings, work that will take place for buildings two through eight every two to three weeks, according to the update. Construction crews hope to complete utilities and road construction in June.
“The project is entering a phase where a lot is going on and the site will begin visually changing at a rapid pace,” Robertson said in an email to town board members.
The eight buildings will each have two, one-bedroom, one-bath apartments; four, two-bedroom, two-bath apartments; two, two-bedroom, 2.5 bath apartments and two, one-bedroom, 1.5 bath apartments. The apartments will range from 652 square feet to 1,407 square feet.
Perfundi could not be reached for additional comment.