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Residents largely opposed to ‘E23’ casino plans

Some worry traffic, safety a concern; say town would reap few benefits

Bethlehem residents were mostly opposed to the plan to build a casino at the town’s border with Albany.

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Lafarge breaks ground on plant modernization

Ravena facility renovation will replace kilns and cut emissions, retain jobs

Federal, state, and local officials and business leaders gathered on Friday, April 11, for Lafarge North America’s groundbreaking ceremony at its Ravena plant. The project will replace the more than 50-year-old equipment with “state-of-the-art” technology.

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Upgrading tradition

Jericho Drive-in asks for community’s help to go digital

Jericho Drive-in owners Mike and Lisa Chenette are starting a fundraising campaign to purchase a new digital projector, or they face closure next year. Depending on the equipment needed, the projectors can cost between $70,000 and $100,000.

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Survey: Health care costs loom over businesses

Annual studies show area’s commercial climate positive despite challenges

Capital District businesses fear how much health care could hemorrhage its bottom line, according to recent surveys, but the overall outlook foresees a bright future.

Dolin: Target realistic commercial development

New Scotland zoning regulations reform could help growth; affordable housing

New Scotland officials will soon release a request for individuals interested in joining the new Economic Development Advisory Committee, but there is some debate over the process.

Western Avenue apartment complex plan resurfaces

Guilderland to hold public hearing on development, feedback scaled back proposal

The Guilderland Town Board approved holding a public hearing Tuesday, March 4, on the proposed rezoning of more than 20 acres behind Seventeen Hundred Designer Residences located off Western Ave. The rezoning would make way for 210 apartment units.

Delmar Place joins Atria family

Assisted living community becomes part of national chain

Delmar Place is under new management after Atria Senior Living acquired the facility in December.

New Scotland seeks to beef up commercial base

Town Board member preparing to form Economic Development Advisory Committee

New Scotland spans 58 square miles, encompassing seven hamlets and a village, and is home to more than 8,500 residents. Noticeably missing from the rural landscape is commercial development, but town officials are developing a group to tackle the disparity.

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Jeweler leaves Crossgates to focus on Colonie store

New Wolf Road store generating most sales, spurs decision to leave mall

Hannoush Jewelers recently closed its original store in Crossgates after operating there since 1984 when the destination shopping center opened. The closing comes on the heels of the company opening its first freestanding store on Wolf Road.

Guilderland reaches settlement on Walgreens’ grievance

Walgreens reached an agreement with the Guilderland officials to reduce the assessed value of its Western Avenue store to $2.5 million, which is a reduction of $180,000.

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Crossgates expansion clears another hurdle

Rendering unveiled alongside revised site plan; World of Beer coming to mall

Crossgates Mall developers heeded concerns of Guilderland Planning Board members and revised its site plan to more clearly show impacts of the proposed two-story addition, along with a more attractive exterior design.

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Crossgates Mall ready to make room for more

Expansion would include space for two restaurants and two entertainment attractions

A small expansion at Crossgates Mall is planned to make way for two new restaurants and two entertainment attractions, but Guilderland planning board members were concerned about the lack of information provided at a recent meeting.

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Albany County Styrofoam ban becomes law

McCoy announces green initiatives alongside signing bill, looks to expand ban past chains

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signed the Food Service Waste Reduction Act into law Thursday, Dec. 12, at Bethlehem Town Hall flanked by local officials. The law bans polystyrene foam food containers and requires such businesses using disposable food service ware to use a “suitable, alternative product” that is compostable or biodegradable.

Making way for Western Avenue walkers

Business sign must move for Route 20 sidewalk, several acquisitions along roadway

Before pedestrians step foot on newly installed sidewalks along Western Avenue, several property acquisitions must be completed. For one building housing a few businesses, that means moving its sign and making up for lost parking spaces.

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Grocers raise concerns over Styrofoam ban

McCoy holds public hearing on proposed law, most residents urge approval

Leading supermarket chains voiced qualms over the Albany County Legislature’s recently adopted Food Service Waste Reduction Act, but not over the most contentious proposal banning Styrofoam containers.

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