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Proposed Niskayuna dialysis center clears another regulatory hurdle

Proposed Niskayuna dialysis center clears another regulatory hurdle

A planned dialysis center for the east end of ShopRite Square got its latest approval Thursday night

A planned dialysis center for the east end of ShopRite Square got its latest approval Thursday night from the Town Board.

The Town Board on Thursday night approved a special use permit for the center to move into about 10,000 square feet on the lower floor of the plaza’s east end.

The project now goes before the Planning Board again for final approval, and town Supervisor Joe Landry said Thursday he didn’t expect any problems.

“This is a good addition to the other end of ShopRite Square,” he said after the meeting.

The center would have a capacity to serve 16 patients at a time, project engineers have said.

The Planning Board earlier this year granted a parking waiver needed for the medical use. The center is expected to need fewer parking spots than the average medical office, engineers have said. Half of the patients are expected to drive, while the other half are expected to be dropped off. Once there, many patients have to stay four or five hours for treatment.

The Town Board approved the project’s permit provided any engineering concerns were addressed to the satisfaction of the town’s water and sewer superintendent.

“We’re very pleased that they’ll be in there,” Landry said. “Hopefully the momentum will keep going.”

The dialysis center has been one of several projects in the works at ShopRite Square, including the pending demolition of the former Friendly’s restaurant in favor of a new building to be built closer to Nott Street East.

Four slots in the former CVS pharmacy are also being filled. A broker working to fill the plaza said recently the hope is it would be full within a year.

Also Thursday night, the Town Board discussed efforts to redevelop as many as three of the town’s seven wells.

The wells need to be redeveloped every few years, Landry said, essentially cleaning them out. Without it, water capacity would decrease.

The town is planning to redevelop two wells, but is hoping to do a third, Landry said, without spending more than $35,000 on the total effort.

“If we can get it under 35 for three, we’ll do that,” he said. “If we can’t, we won’t.”

The town pumps about half of its own water and gets the other half from Schenectady.

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