By Marcello Iaia
HILLTOWNS — A spate of housing developments targeted to people over 55 has spread through Albany County in the past decade, with the Hilltowns now poised to hear about two — in Knox and Berne.
For Linda Carman, who serves on an advisory board for the county’s Department of Aging, the timeless importance of location in real estate holds true for people facing fixed incomes, and changing health and lifestyles.
She volunteers with the Hilltown Seniors and has been a strong advocate for housing for elderly people on the Helderberg escarpment ever since her mother was in a Guilderland nursing home where she died in 2001.
“People stop me when they see me outside and they say, ‘When is that senior housing going to be done?’” said Carman.
Developer Jeff Thomas said Wednesday his site plans and elevations will be ready within 90 days. Years ago, he purchased land on Canaday Hill Road, just outside of the Berne hamlet, to build apartments designed for seniors.