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Planning Board to review revised design for hotel

Planning Board to review revised design for hotel

Revised plans for a six-story, 140-room hotel in the northwest corner of Congress Plaza on Congress

Revised plans for a six-story, 140-room hotel in the northwest corner of Congress Plaza on Congress Street will be presented to the Saratoga Springs Planning Board tonight.

The now-empty former Grand Union supermarket in Congress Plaza, which later housed Broadway Joe’s Dinner and a Movie, would be demolished as part of the multimillion-dollar proposal by DCG Development Co. of Clifton Park.

DCG Development Co., owned by Donald C. Greene, created Congress Plaza off Congress Street in the early 1980s in an area that had been leveled by urban renewal efforts.

When the project was presented to city officials last fall, it also included a two-level parking garage running along Congress Street that would provide parking for hotel guests.

This portion of the project has been removed from the plans, said Kate Maynard, the city’s principal planner.

Donald MacElroy, vice-president of DCG, said Tuesday the project was amended because some existing leases in the plaza restrict what the company can build there.

He said no name for the hotel has been selected. DCG, which redeveloped the Clifton Park Center mall off Northway Exit 9 in Clifton Park, opened a Hilton Garden Inn at the mall a year ago.

Maynard said earlier meetings with DCG held by the Planning Board only discussed preliminary, sketch plans for the project. At tonight’s meeting, actual site plans will be discussed. No final decision is expected at the meeting, other than to start the State Environmental Quality Review process, Maynard said.

The project features traffic and pedestrian access improvements requested by the city. MacElroy said city officials suggested connecting South Federal Street through the plaza property, as it was before urban renewal.

Maynard said neighbors of the plaza property have asked for better pedestrian access through the property.

The latest site plans show more sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements.

MacElroy said DCG Development would like to start construction of the hotel this year.

In other business at the Planning Board’s 7 p.m. meeting in City Hall, the Excelsior Avenue mixed-use project at the corner of Excelsior Avenue, Marion Avenue and Route 50, which includes a Fresh Market chain store, will be up for final approval.

The Fresh Market chain, with headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., offers organic and other healthy foods, local produce and meat products, along with a cafe with freshly prepared meals and sandwiches.

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