SARATOGA SPRINGS – It appears that the would-be landlord of a proposed 11,000-square-foot, mixed-use building will be cat-friendly.
Dr. Susan Sikule, owner of the Just Cats Veterinarian Clinic that has facilities in Guilderland and 3258 U.S. Route 9 in Saratoga Springs, plans to move the Spa City practice into a new two-story facility that she would have contractors build on vacant woodland at Route 9 and Driscoll Road.
If approved by the Planning Board, which is taking up the project later this week, the building would house the vet clinic and three additional commercial tenants on the first floor, and seven apartment units on the second floor.
The Planning Board is set to review the proposal Thursday.
According to project documents, Sikule plans to keep the Guilderland facility in its present location.
She has a contract to purchase the nearly 6-acre parcel on Driscoll Road, which is split by zoning districts designated as rural residential and for tourism-related business.
A new 8-inch water line would have to be installed, according to plans.
The building Just Cats wants to vacate is a nearly 4,000-square-foot single-story office building with an assessed value of $402,000 and a market value of $659,000, according to county property records.
While Sikule’s business only provides services to felines, the difficulty in getting appointments with general veterinarians throughout the country, including in the Capital Region, has been well documented. The pandemic has resulted in an increase in adoptions and people simply wanting to take better care of their pets, industry experts say.
Niskayuna Animal Hospital and VCA Animal Health Center in Clifton Park are among many businesses that have reported being backlogged during the pandemic, while Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital of Clifton Park is seeking approval to build a second vet specialty office on Route 50 in Ballston.
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