Proposed intergenerational community in Guilderland


Land on Mercy Care Lane may one day be the site of a future housing development that will be the first of its kind in New York State.

“What we are seeking to do is to create a small intergenerational community,” stated Duncan Barrett, President of Beacon Communities New York. 

The community would consists of senior citizens and families with foster children. 

The concept is that the seniors would get a sense of belonging, while the foster kids would get a grandparent figure to help nurture them.

The developers built a similar housing community in Massachusetts, and stated that it has been successful. 

The $22 million dollar proposed plan will offer townhomes for families and 52 one story cottages for senior citizens.

“It’s a wonderful site,” explained Barrett.” It’s walkable to the new YMCA, the town library and the bus stop. We expect that there will be a lot of demand for this type of housing.”

“They did a market study for this type of a project, and their conclusion is that there is a demand and unmet need for these types of tenets living in these dwelling units,” explained Ken Kovalchik, Guilderland’s Town Planner.

However, Kovalchik said there are other housing projects that will be located in the same vacinity, and some residents have traffic concerns.

A public meeting will be held to discuss the project at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the town office building.

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