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Developer pitches 100 apartments for Clifton Park Kmart property

Developer pitches 100 apartments for Clifton Park Kmart property

The future of the Kmart property has been unsettled for years
Developer pitches 100 apartments for Clifton Park Kmart property
The former Kmart in Clifton Park.
Photographer: GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Windsor Development Group pitched the company’s latest development proposal for the old Kmart location in Clifton Park, a plan that calls for the construction of 100 apartment units on the site.

The plan, according to a presentation given by Windsor representatives at Monday night’s Clifton Town Board meeting, is to raze the 90,000-square-foot Kmart building, which has stood vacant for five years. 

The apartments would be split over two separate buildings. Windsor already owns the land. 

The future of the Kmart property has been unsettled for years as Windsor has been back and forth before the town with various plans for redevelopment.

Previous plans submitted in 2015 and 2016 called for 240 apartments on the site, with a five-story parking garage. 

Those plans also called for 25,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of the apartment structure. Another 75,000 square feet of space was previously included for offices, and 6,000 square feet was slated for a freestanding 
restaurant.

The new plans do not incorporate any retail or other commercial space, which Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett clarified with builders on Monday.

“Based on past proposals that were discussed, I figured that would be a question that a lot of people would ask,” he said.

According to Windsor's updated plan for the project, the apartments would generate 34 "vehicle trips" during peak morning travel hours, 44 "vehicle trips" during peak evening travel hours and 49 "vehicle trips" during peak Saturday travel hours.

This submission is Windor's third attempt to win approval for an apartment project on the parcel. The apartments are a component of a larger $50 million redevelopment plan by Windsor for the broader area.

Earlier plans were rejected by the town due to density concerns voiced both by residents and Planning Board members.

Windsor is also working on a large-scale mixed-use project on Clifton Country Road, across the parking lot from the Hannaford store, which was approved by the town in 2016.

That building will house 36 apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail space beneath the apartments.

Blaze Pizza and CoreLife Eatery have both already opened for business in that building.

Like the Windsor building on Clifton County Road, the new apartments will be in multi-story buildings with parking underneath the building, to the rear. 

Each unit would ideally have two parking spaces, said project engineers at the meeting. Rents in the new building, according to Windsor representatives, would most likely start at $1,350 for a one-bedroom apartment, and jump to over $1,800 for a two-bedroom apartment.

Windsor Development Group's proposals for apartment-retail-restaurant combinations are the result of Clifton Park’s effort to bring a more urban aspect to the largely suburban town.

Finding a use for the old Kmart space, Barrett said, has been a challenge with the decline of brick-and-mortar retailers. The town center plan, he said, was a very important first step in making sure that Clifton Park would be able to bring in new projects, like the Windsor proposals, that would continue to make the town competitive.

"Our options are limited. We need to be open to new ideas, new types of investment," Barrett said.

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