CLIFTON PARK — With the recent approval of the project from the town Planning Board, the Animal Care Hospital of Clifton Park will soon grow to over three times its current size.
The hospital is at 1245 Route 146 in the town. The applicant, Grace David Properties LLC, is seeking to demolish the 2,080-square-foot building and construct a new 7,840-square-foot building. The six current outdoor runs will be replaced with one exercise area.
The board unanimously approved the project at its Dec. 12 meeting. The hospital has met with the Planning Board a total of three times for the project.
Prior to approving the project, the board had concerns about the lack of landscaping in the front of the new building. To solve the problem, project designers decided to move some parking from the front to the side, and added trees and some decorative landscaping on the property.
There were only a few concerns that the applicants had to address to receive final appoval.
Since the last meeting, the stormwater management system had been adequately revised. Also, windows on the lower level of the building are now aligned with windows on upper level. Previously, they were slightly offset to the left and right. The windows' trim and sills were revised to alleviate concerns that the animal hospital wouldn’t match up with surrounding buildings.
There will be a dumpster outside of the building for waste. The Clifton Park Environment Conservation Commission expressed concern about liquid waste leaking from the dumpster, and wanted the dumpster area to be cordoned off by a berm.
However, the Planning Board did not mandate a berm because all biohazard waste materials will go in a separate container.
The new building will have more exam rooms and possibly more staff.
Prior to granting approval, Planning Board members expressed gratitude that the hospital was able to alleviate all concerns expressed so quickly.
“It’s going to look good,” Planning Board Chairman Rocco Ferraro said.
Because the hospital will be built at a different location on the same property, Planning Director John Scavo said the length of time the hospital will be closed will be short.
Scavo said that the hospital is hoping to start construction of the new facility in the spring.
Project costs were not immediately available.