Second phase of Rivers Ledge development unveiled

An exterior rendering of the proposed senior building at the Rivers Ledge development on Aqueduct Road in Niskayuna.

An exterior rendering of the proposed senior building at the Rivers Ledge development on Aqueduct Road in Niskayuna.

NISKAYUNA — The latest plans call for the Rivers Ledge housing development in Niskayuna to build 60 senior apartments as part of Phase 2 of the project. 

Those 60 apartments would be a decrease from the originally planned 100 apartments for the 2837 Aqueduct Road location, according to planning documents. 

On Monday, the town Planning Board and Zoning Commission got a first look at the proposal from project manager Chuck Pafundi. 

There are currently 160 apartments under development at the location. Pafundi said Monday the hope is to finish up a few other items on these apartments and have people applying to rent them starting Dec. 15. 

“We’re getting there,” Pafundi said. “We’re very close.”

The second phase would begin next year, Pafundi said Thursday. In that phase, a three-story 60-unit apartment building for just senior housing would be constructed.

The project was cut almost in half because the development could not be located on wetlands in the area, Pafundi said. 

The three-story building would include an underground parking garage and fitness center where there would be exercise machines like ellipticals and bikes, which were of interest to seniors, Pafundi said. 

The garage would have a security system in place for residents. He said there would also be another recreational space in the apartment, likely for a library.

There would also be 2,000 square feet of commercial space located in the complex. Another 3,000 square-foot commercial space would be developed at the foot of Ledge Drive. 

Planning board member Patrick McPartlon asked what the intended use of that space would be. 

“What we see in any retail (space) in a mixed use (development) is something that would compliment the development as another amenity,” Pafundi said at the meeting. 

He said they could see something like a boutique coffee shop going in there. 

“That would be open to the public as well,” Pafundi said. 

Board members said they were happy to see the project progressing to the next phase. 

Prices for the senior housing apartments will be set later. 

“Specific rent prices are unknown at this time but they would be at a market rent value,” Pafundi said. 

There is a need for diversified housing options, like apartments, for seniors in the area too, said Mark Castiglione, the executive director of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission. 

“I think the market is trying to meet that demand,” he said. 

Many people want to age in place, he said, but may not want to stay in a traditional single-family home, especially if they want to participate in activities like traveling. He said developments that are in close proximity to amenities and items like bike paths are huge positives for people now. 

This is not a phenomenon that just Niskayuna is seeing either, he said, it’s nationwide.

Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at 518-478-3320 or at [email protected]

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