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Clifton Park nursing home seeks to expand

Clifton Park nursing home seeks to expand

The Schuyler Ridge nursing home in Clifton Park is seeking town approval for an 80-bed expansion.

The Schuyler Ridge nursing home in Clifton Park is seeking town approval for an 80-bed expansion.

Seton Health, which owns the private 120-bed facility on Abele Boulevard, is asking the town to amend the planned development district for the nursing home to allow construction of a new two-story building with beds for long-term and rehabilitation care.

“Schuyler Ridge has found there is additional need for the services this facility provides within the surrounding community,” engineers representing Seton Health said in a presentation to the Town Board this week.

The Town Board referred the application to the town Planning Board for a recommendation. Since a zoning change is involved, the Town Board will have to make the final decision after the Planning Board review.

Town Supervisor Philip Barrett said the expansion request is another example of how the town of 40,000 people is becoming a health care destination for southern Saratoga County.

Seton Health is part of St. Peter’s Health Partners of Albany, which recently got town approval for a $7.5 million expansion of an existing urgent care center on Route 146.

The Schuyler Ridge application proposes construction of a 56,000-square-foot building with associated parking expansion. The project engineers, Crawford & Assoc. of Hudson, said a future phase could include adding a dialysis center to Schuyler Ridge’s main building.

The amount of investment wasn’t specified. “It’s a fairly large expansion,” Barrett said.

Schuyler Ridge is the only nursing home in Clifton Park, though the town has various other forms of senior citizen housing.

“It is an important service, having this service close to home for Clifton Park residents,” Barrett said.

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