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Property identified for potential fire station in Saratoga

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen wants to sell the last public downtown parking spot and buy a parcel of land east of the Northway on Union Avenue to build a third fire station for the city.

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mathiesen will propose a resolution to sell the Collamer Parking Lot for $775,000 to the Algonquin Building, LLC., which owns the adjacent Algonquin building, and buy a 14.48 acre parcel from the Algonquin Building LLC for $200,000. A full description of the deal is available below.

The proposal is part of Mathiesen's plan to develop a third fire station in the city.

To identify a possible property, Mathiesen's department sent out a request for proposals, but only got one response.

The proposed site is on Union avenue about one-third of a mile West of the intersection of Gilbert Road and Meadowbrook Road. The site is near a church.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson, who is opposed to a third fire station, has questioned why the city needs to find a property for a station with a land swap. It's not clear how the city council will vote on this proposal.

According to the resolution, leftover funds from the sale of the parking lot and the purchase of land could be used to build additional parking and build a fire station.

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Resolution for Land Transaction

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