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New buildings planned at former Ellsworth site

Developers have honed a proposal for townhouses, apartments and commercial space on the site of the

Developers have honed a proposal for townhouses, apartments and commercial space on the site of the former Ellsworth Ice Cream plant on Division Street.

Owner EB Alliance LLC, a partnership between Saratoga Springs builder Stephen Ethier and Clifton Park builder Peter Belmonte, is coming before the Saratoga Springs Planning Board on Wednesday with more concrete plans after presenting a sketch plan last fall. The developers submitted the new plans in late April and are seeking final site plan approval.

They propose 33 housing units and 9,200 square feet of commercial space.

The plans show 11 new buildings on the property, with 23 townhouses configured in buildings of either two, three, four or five units.

Ten apartments would be situated above the commercial space in two buildings on Walworth Street.

The plan also calls for 86 parking spaces, including 48 in garages attached to the townhouses, 22 in parking lots and 16 new on-street spaces.

The 2.6-acre parcel is bordered by Walworth, Division and Cherry streets and Marvin Alley.

Motorists would enter the complex either from Marvin Alley or Cherry Street. A wide sidewalk would create an additional pedestrian entrance at the intersection of Division and West Harrison streets.

Part of the lot would be wooded.

Ethier and Belmonte bought the 120 Division St. property about a year ago for $2 million from Saratoga Springs developer S. Alexander Stephens III.

The city had approved Stephens’ plans for 66 row houses, some apartments and retail space on the site, but he encountered financing problems and couldn’t carry out the project.

The new owners demolished the Ellsworth plant and associated buildings in November.

They previously have said that the townhouses would be priced between $350,000 and $500,000 each and would have between 1,800 and 3,000 square feet of space. The developers believe the homes will attract “empty nesters” who want to downsize to a smaller house or yard but still own a home and who want to live a few blocks from Broadway.

Other developers have been building apartments in the city, and Ethier said previously that these other projects have filled the area’s need for luxury rental units.

Until its demolition, the Ellsworth plant had stood on Division Street for nearly 80 years.

It opened in 1933, and by the time it closed in 2007, three generations of the Ellsworth family had run the business. Company President Gerald Ellsworth of Greenfield died the following year.

At one time, Ellsworth Ice Cream was one of the largest makers of private-label ice cream and novelty frozen products in the Northeast. In addition to the plant, the company had a frozen products warehouse near the railroad tracks off Perry Road in Wilton and, for a time, also owned a former Ben and Jerry’s ice cream plant in North Springfield, Vt.

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