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A proposal for 55 and up housing was brought before the Valatie Planning board

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Paul Calcagno Jr. presents the 55-unit apartment plan to the planning and zoning boards of Valatie on Wednesday.
September 13, 2018 11:47 pm

VALATIE — People 55 and up may be looking at new housing options in the future.

Paul Calcagno Jr., CEO of PCJ Development in Kinderhook, brought forward a housing proposal for residents age 55 and older at a meeting Wednesday. The community apartments would be built between the town of Kinderhook and the village of Valatie.

“I would like to live there when I am ready to downsize,” Calcagno said.

A lack of options exists for people age 55 and older living in the community and are looking to stay in the area, but no longer want to commit to a home and its restraints and responsibilities, Calcagno said.

“People that age are still looking to keep an address in this area,” he said.

PCJ purchased 18 acres on Route 9 for the development. Calcagno is proposing 192 units in three buildings each four stories high.

The development would also include parking and a community building for residents. The development was modeled after the 55-and-older community Vineyard Commons, a large apartment complex in Highland.

Some board members expressed several concerns during the meeting. Among those was siting of the property.

About 75 percent of the property is located in the town of Kinderhook and about 25 percent is located in Valatie, Calcagno said.

The village of Valatie would have to annex the town land to obtain water and sewer infrastructure, Calcagno said.

Asked about her thoughts on the proposal, Valatie Village Planning Board Chairwoman Marilyn Huffman had no comment, citing several additional steps Calcagno must complete before submitting his application to the Planning Board.

“We do need senior citizen housing for middle-income and upper-income seniors,” Valatie Mayor Diane Argyle said.

Argyle declined to elaborate, saying it is too early to comment because the proposal has to go through the entire planning process, including consideration by the planning board.

The village was looking for more of a condo-style development than the apartment-style housing that PCJ is proposing.

“We showed them the conceptual project first. We are willing to work with the village and the town on this project,” Calcagno said. “We like to keep it local.”