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Clifton Park OKs new 3-story apartment complex

Clifton Park OKs new 3-story apartment complex

Project held up as example of things to come for town
Clifton Park OKs new 3-story apartment complex
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CLIFTON PARK — A new three-story apartment complex project proposed for Clifton Park Center Road has been given the greenlight.

The Clifton Park Planning Board on Tuesday approved a plan to build the three-story building, comprising 39 apartments, at 451 Clifton Park Center Road.

The apartment building, which will have a footprint of 23,519 square feet, will be built on a parcel that measures almost 4 acres, according to project documents. The apartments will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom units and will have patio and picnic areas. The complex will also feature a multi-use trail that will be open to the public, said project engineer Tom Andress, of ABD Engineering, during Tuesday's meeting.

The building will include a parking garage below the residential floors, though the final number of parking spots has yet to be determined, Andress said at the meeting. 

Approximate rental prices for the apartments were unavailable. ABD Engineering did not respond to requests for comment, but Planning Department Director John Scavo said a building permit for the project will most likely be granted in March, with construction starting as soon as the weather permits.

The project originally had a much different look. The board previously considered the project in March 2017, when plans called for the apartments to be spread over four separate buildings. 

Over the past year, engineers have worked with town planners on a technical advisory committee to restructure the project.

Scavo explained that the consolidation was a result of functionality, as well as research into what clients prefer to see in apartment complexes. Adding the parking garage would have been difficult with four separate buildings, he said. Parking lots most likely would have been required outside those buildings, leading to a loss of open space for residents. 

A single, taller building allows land for the trail and picnic areas.

“There are always concerns about too much parking on a site,” Scavo said.

It was unclear what demographic the apartments are targeted for, but Scavo said such buildings attract a mix of young professionals who don’t want to commit to owning a house and older town residents who would like to relinquish the responsibility of maintaining a home. Apartments for seniors, he added, mean families with children will be able to move into vacated houses.

“I do think we’ll get a mix of that,” he said. “That helps free up single-family homes in town.”

Members of the planning board lauded the project, which is located in an area the town is attempting to transform into an urban and walkable zone, utilizing a mix of interconnected sidewalks, commercial buildings and apartment projects. The new project, they said, sets the standard for the quality of design they would like to see in other developments.

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