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Clifton Park town center could see 48 new apartments

Clifton Park town center could see 48 new apartments

Building would need a variance, as zoning limits height at three stories

CLIFTON PARK — A developer has proposed a 48-unit apartment building for Clifton Park's busy town center.

The project, pitched by Clifton Park-based Windsor Development Group, would be called the Hamlet of Clifton Park Apartments. It is specifically slated for 457 Clifton Park Center Road.

The Clifton Park Planning Board saw the project for the first time at its April 10 meeting.

The plan calls for a four-story building with 108 parking spaces -- two for each unit and some extra spaces for guests. It would also include a standalone parking structure.

Some of the parking spaces would be located on the first floor of the building, under a covered area. There would also be four housing units on that floor. 

The first floor would be surrounded by landscaping to provide those residents with privacy, said project representatives at the Planning Board meeting.

Each unit on the upper floors would feature a private balcony. 

Planning Board Chairman Rocky Ferraro noted that having apartments on the first floor makes the project an attractive option for the town center. 

The structure would go up in an area the town is trying to transform into an urban and walkable zone, utilizing a mix of interconnected sidewalks, commercial buildings and apartment projects.

The Hamlet of Clifton Park is not the first large apartment project proposed for the town center recently. A three-story, 39 unit complex in the same area was approved by the Planning Board in January.

Projected rent for the apartments was not available, but similar projects, including the complex approved in January, are targeting young professionals and older town residents who are looking to downsize.

Next, a technical advisory committee will meet with project representatives to provide feedback. Then, the project will go back before the Planning Board.

The new project is on a site zoned for some commercial uses, but mostly for multi-family, mixed-use residences. However, according to town code, the maximum allowed height of buildings is three stories. 

While board members expressed positive initial feedback, they noted that allowing the building to be four stories instead of three would be something that the technical advisory committee would have to consider. 

“This is going to be a really exciting project, I think,” board member Andy Neubauer said. “It looks like it’s off to a great start, in my opinion.”

He added that the plan has the potential to be a great addition to the town center plan.

“I support the notion of a four-story building,” he said. 

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