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Route 146 could get major condo development

Route 146 could get major condo development

Housing complex would cater to young professionals, senior citizens alike
Route 146 could get major condo development
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Editor's note: This story was corrected at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2018. A previous version included incorrect information about the scope of the project, including the size of the proposed condominiums, the total number of structures proposed to be built and the acreage on which the development would be built.

CLIFTON PARK — The Clifton Park Planning Board will soon review a project that could put more than 100 apartments along the town’s bustling Route 146 corridor.

Halfmoon developer Scott Earl has presented the town with a plan to build a total of 47 structures comprising 132 total housing units. The condominiums will range in size from 1,200 to 1,600 square feet, according to plans filed with the town.

An estimated 283 parking spaces would also be created for the project.

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The entire parcel measures 27.7 acres, according to the project documents, but the buildings would take up 20 of those acres. The main entrance to the housing complex would be from Route 146A, around 950 feet north of the routes 146 and 146A intersection. An emergency access drive has been proposed for the southern portion of the property, which would connect to Route 146.

If approved, the project will be constructed in two phases, though the timelines for when work would start and finish have not been determined.

At a meeting earlier in December, the Town Board unanimously voted to refer the proposal to the Planning Board for further recommendations.

The plans also call for a 3,000-square-foot clubhouse on the site, though it was unclear what amenities that building would include. The project narrative suggests the clubhouse could be used as a communal gathering space for apartment residents.

The complex plans to cater to young professionals or senior citizens looking to downsize. The project narrative argues that diverse housing options, such as condos, are the key to attracting people of various ages to the town.

“It is respectfully our opinion that the proposed (development) will be an asset to the town and community,” the project narrative states.

Right now, the site is mostly wooded. Trees would have to be cleared on the 20 acres used to make room for the buildings, but 69 percent of the parcel would remain open space.

An estimated 33,300 gallons of water are projected to be used by residents each day. 

The goal, according to the project narrative, is to create a community in the town center area that adheres to the parameters of a traditional neighborhood. To that end, the plan also calls for a series of interconnected sidewalks throughout the complex.

According to town Planning Director John Scavo, Earl’s proposal is tentatively scheduled to be addressed at the Jan. 23 planning board meeting. The board will then have 60 days to make its recommendation to the Town Board.

Project costs and rent prices were not immediately available. Earl did not return phone calls seeking comment for this story.

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