SCHENECTADY — A local developer is proposing a 79,000-square-foot office building on Broadway near Clinton Street in downtown Schenectady.
The five-story structure proposed at 356 Broadway will go before the Schenectady Planning Commission on Wednesday evening for site plan review.
The proposal is put forth by Highbridge Broadway LLC and would stand next door to the three-story office building at 376 Broadway built by Highbridge Development in 2005. Highbridge also has its offices at 376 Broadway.
The new building would have a brick facade, like its smaller neighbor, but would feature more glass and a more linear motif.
Two other big differences: 356 Broadway would be triple the square footage of 376 Broadway and would sit well back from the sidewalk along Broadway.
This is why Highbridge needs a variance, Schenectady Principal Planner Christine Primiano said: Downtown construction is generally required to come right up to the sidewalk to maintain a uniform row of storefronts and buildings.
The ground in the front portion of 356 Broadway is contaminated from previous industrial uses, Primiano said, and the proposed building is set back for that reason.
The new building would have limited parking on site but there is ample parking nearby in public lots, she added.
Highbridge Development has a portfolio of dozens of properties in and near Schenectady, including several right in the Broadway corridor where the new building is proposed, at 356 Broadway.
Co-founder and CEO John Roth could not be reached for comment for this story.