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Niskayuna nears approval of 166-apartment site

Niskayuna nears approval of 166-apartment site

A proposal to construct 166 new luxury apartments off Hillside Avenue finally is close to approval,

A proposal to construct 166 new luxury apartments off Hillside Avenue finally is close to approval, more than five years after it was first proposed.

The apartment complex, dubbed Iroquois Village, is to be built off Hillside Avenue, across from the end of Rosa Road.

It has been in the works since at least 2008, but was put on hold due to the economy, engineer for the project Brett Steenburgh said.

The concept has changed some since the beginning, Steenburgh said, with the original proposal being for more of a garden-style of apartment.

“We think this is a really nice concept, especially because it’s something that doesn’t currently exist in the town,” Steenburgh told the town Planning Board last week.

The new luxury apartments would be built in multiple buildings that are three stories high from the front and four from the back.

The setup allows for covered parking under the buildings, without the need for covered spots elsewhere on the property. Residents would then take elevators from the parking area to their floors.

“It makes the site plan a lot cleaner, Steenburgh said.

The project received variances to allow the setup last year.

The proposal is on track for possible approval by the planning board in October. Town planner Kathy Matern said they’re just waiting for an engineering review.

With the approval, work could begin as soon as weather permits, Matern said.

The complex is to be built on a new town road, Alice Wagner Way, Matern noted. That means that the road and infrastructure must be put in.

The site officially is owned by Iroquois Land Development, but has been in the Disarro family for years.

Hillside Avenue already is home to other apartment complexes and the Army Reserve Center, now being replaced with a new building.

The town has been replacing the water main along Hillside, and putting down a new road service on part. A new traffic light was recently put in at Hillside and Providence avenues.

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