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Clifton Park to hold first park planning meeting

Clifton Park to hold first park planning meeting

Clifton Park to hold first park planning meeting
Shen Board of Education President Bill Casey and town officials announced an agreement over the land in 2017.
Photographer: Gazette File Photo

CLIFTON PARK -- The first meeting about the planning process for a 37-acre park on land newly acquired from the Shenendehowa Central School District will happen next week.

The Town Center Park Planning Committee will meet at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center at 6:30 p.m. on July 12.

During the meeting, the committee will discuss the structure and timeline for how the planning process will proceed. 

The town announced the creation of the committee in mid-April. Members include Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett, Halfmoon Town Supervisor Kevin Tollisen, town planning and open space officials and local developers and business owners who own property near the parcel.

The wooded property, located off Maxwell Road, was purchased from the Shenendehowa Central School District after a public referendum in April 2017 saw voters reject a plan to sell it to BBL Development — for about $2 million. 

BBL planned to build a ShopRite supermarket on a portion of the property.
 
The sale of the land to the town -- for $1.1 million -- was approved by voters in a second referendum on Dec. 5. By law, the land can now only be used as a public park. The town and school district closed on the deal in February.

The July 12 meeting is open to the public.

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