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SEDC promotes Clifton Park projects

SEDC promotes Clifton Park projects

'The growing population of Southern Saratoga County presents Ellis with a unique opportunity for expansion'
SEDC promotes Clifton Park projects
Photographer: Gazette file photo

Editor's note: This story was corrected on Dec. 21. An earlier version incorrectly stated that SEDC was providing funding for the Synergy Park and Ellis Surgery Center projects. SEDC is promoting the projects to Clifton Park officials and the town's Industrial Development Agency.

CLIFTON PARK -- The Saratoga Economic Development Corp. is facilitating efforts to bring two projects -- resulting in more than $20 million in investments -- to the town's Synergy Park mixed-use commercial park, and to Ellis Surgery Center.

At Synergy Park, MJ Properties of Clifton Park is planning a $2.5 million project to complete road and infrastructure work, bringing the commercial and light industrial site closer to shovel-ready development status.

Synergy Park, located at the intersection of Route 9 and Kinns Road, was established by SEDC in early 2018 with the goal of bringing new businesses to town. The site will eventually be able to accommodate more than 1.2 million square feet of commercial and light industrial space.

Once that work is complete, SEDC and MJ Properties will co-promote the space to commercial office clients and light industrial users, along with accessory service businesses.

SEDC is also promoting a plan by MedCraft Healthcare Real Estate, of Minneapolis, to build a 61,800-square-foot surgery center addition to Ellis Medicine's Medical Center off Exit 9 of the Northway.

The surgery center will feature a first-floor ambulatory facility, with second- and third-floor supporting professional medical service practices tied to the surgeries being performed there. Ellis Hospital will lease the space.

According to SEDC, the expansion will cost $21,410,071.

The project will also include installation of health equipment, machinery and office furnishings. The new building will bring in an estimated 35 new full-time jobs and 160 construction jobs.

Construction of the building is expected to begin in 2019 and will take a year to complete.

The Ellis expansion has been in the works since 2017, though original plans were for a smaller facility. 

Initially, plans called for a 40,000-square-foot surgery center. That included two operating rooms on the first floor, with room for two more that could be added later, and medical offices on the second floor.

SEDC and MedCraft Healthcare presented the surgery center project to the Clifton Park IDA this month, and the IDA subsequently approved a $10,768,975 property tax break for the project, $899,223 in sales tax exemptions on building materials and $120,432 in mortgage tax exemptions.

Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said the surgery center will be a valuable addition to the town that will increase the diversity of health care options available to residents.

Before Ellis came to town, Barrett said, Clifton Park residents had to drive to Schenectady or Albany for medical appointments that weren't simple checkups.

"Clifton Park and Ellis have enjoyed a tremendous partnership. We're pleased to continue to partner with Ellis," Barrett said.

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