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Clifton Park debates new Price Chopper proposal

Clifton Park debates new Price Chopper proposal

The Clifton Park Planning Board is pushing the Town Board to deny Price Chopper’s proposal for a new

The Clifton Park Planning Board has denied Price Chopper’s proposal for a new store and other buildings near the corner of routes 146 and 146A.

During their meeting Tuesday evening, board members voted 3-2 to reject the plan to build a 60,000-square-foot store, 25,000 square feet of adjacent retail space and three restaurants.

Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said the Planning Board’s recommendation would be considered during the Town Board’s meeting Monday. He said the board would most likely accept the recommendation.

“I expect to have a resolution on the agenda for Monday’s Town Board meeting accepting the recommendation by the Planning Board to end this proposal,” he said. “I will support that resolution.”

Planning Board members cited concerns including site layout and traffic congestion as the reason for the negative vote. John Scavo, staff adviser to the Planning Board, said the improvements offered for the site did not provide a community benefit.

“The board recognized the value of Price Chopper for the site, but the negative vote had more to do with the function and layout of the project,” he said. “The traffic study did not adequately address turning and traffic volume. There were also concerns about backups on Route 146A.”

Aside from traffic concerns, Scavo said the board also questioned open space on the site that would be left untouched. He said the proposal should include a plan for that unused space.

He stressed that the Planning Board’s recommendation to deny the project doesn’t mean that the plan cannot be modified and approved at a later date. He also said the town would continue to seek development options for the site.

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