SARATOGA SPRINGS - It's not unusual to see construction in Saratoga Springs. But it's rare to see construction of affordable housing.
As the city has thrived and expensive condos and town homes have sprouted up all over town, no affordable workforce housing has been built in three decades. No new places for the hotel clerks, waitresses chambermaids and bank tellers to live.
"We're 250 employees now and sadly not everyone can live within the city. We have people coming down from Corinth," says Charles Wait, President of the Adirondack Trust Co.
"The service workers have a hard time finding a place to live around here, so they have to live so far out, it makes it impossible for many of them to get here," says Dennis Brunelle, Chairman of the Saratoga Affordable Housing Group.
New housing that workers in the service industry can afford, has been a topic here for years.
But Friday, talk became reality.