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Clifton Park Center owner plans apartments

Clifton Park Center owner plans apartments

A developer wants to build up to 250 apartments on more than 14 acres of land between Moe Road and t

A developer wants to build up to 250 apartments on more than 14 acres of land between Moe Road and the Clifton Park Center.

DCG Development is seeking local approval for a planned unit development district that would combine three parcels of land it owns off Route 146 and redevelop them as residential, commercial and office space. The proposal has raised more questions than it’s answered, however, said town Planning Director John Scavo Jr.

“I hate to use the word ‘vague,’ but there’s a lot of unanswered questions,” he said. “We want to know what it’s going to look like and feel like.”

Donald MacElroy, vice president of DCG Development, declined to comment on the proposed development Tuesday.

At the center of the redevelopment would be the Clifton Corporate Park, a 7.2-acre office park consisting of four buildings with an occupancy rate below 50 percent, Scavo said. These buildings would be renovated into 100 apartment units, according to an application submitted to the town Planning Board.

“At minimum, we’d like to see some elevation renderings to see what the buildings would look like retrofitted, because I don’t think you can just leave them like they are,” Scavo said.

DCG is also proposing new construction of apartments, office space or “a combination of both” on two adjacent vacant parcels. The application proposes up to 250 total apartment units and 450 parking spaces among the three parcels. The development would connect to existing water and wastewater utilities.

Scavo said Tuesday the board was unlikely to offer its recommendation to the Town Board to proceed with the project until the developer answers more questions. It has 62 days to make a recommendation.

Demand for housing is on the rise in southern Saratoga County, so there’s no question there’s demand for apartment units, he said. But as the town works to create a pedestrian-friendly “downtown area,” town officials are trying to encourage more mixed-use buildings with ground-floor commercial space along its main arterials.

“I do think there is a demand in the area itself for residential,” Scavo said. “But they’re saying they want to reserve the right to do all residential, while we’d really like to see a mixed-use element to new development.”

If residential space were to be built on that parcel, future residents would have an array of personal services available right across the street, he said.

“There’s retail and commercial services right there,” he said. “You’ve got a drugstore and two grocery stores and banking institutions. There are services readily available if people do have a desire to live in that area.”

DCG Development owns and operates the nearby Clifton Park Center and broke ground earlier this year on a Homewood Suites by Hilton next door.

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