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Clifton Park condo plans moving to finish line

Clifton Park condo plans moving to finish line

Proposal calls for 108 units
Clifton Park condo plans moving to finish line
Clifton Park residents gathered at Town Hall in June 2018 for a public hearing regarding a large condo project.
Photographer: Kassie PARISI/GAZETTE REPORTER

CLIFTON PARK — A large-scale condominium project slated for the town is entering the final stages of the Planning Board review process.

The project, proposed by Halfmoon developer Scott Earl, is near the intersection of routes 146 and 146A and consists of 108 condo units on a 23-acre site. The plans also call for a 3,000-square-foot clubhouse on the site.

The project has been in front of the board multiple times over the last year. Residents have, in the past, expressed concern about the density of the project, arguing that the condos would lead to a large increase in area traffic, but at the Tuesday Planning Board meeting, board members were able to focus on last minute details they would like to see clarified or improved before granting approval.

Adjustments from the original plan include a retention of more tree, as well as a permanent preservation of some green space. Other improvements include an extension of the project's planned internal sidewalk network out to routes 146 and 146A.

Planning Board chairman Rocky Ferraro emphasized the importance of clearly delineating land that would be protected in the future. Setting the land aside now ensures that, no matter who owns the land, it cannot be disturbed.

"Who knows what's going to happen 10, 15 years from now?" he said.

Board member  Andy Neubauer commended project engineers for making sure the project would look like a contained neighborhood by making use of trees and other environmental amenities. 

"The biggest selling point of this proposal is that you're creating streetscapes," he said, urging project engineers to "continue to take the project to another step" by incorporating some low height plants in the plans as well.

Earl said a homeowner's association would be responsible for drafting rules and regulations that condo owners would be expected to follow. Those rules would include no unlicensed or large vehicles  in driveways, including trailers and boats, and no fences.

Residents would not need lawnmowers or tools to maintain their property because the association would select a contractor to take care of all maintenance during all seasons for residents, he added.

Board member Emad Anadarawis suggested locating a community garden somewhere on the site. Earl said a community garden could be placed somewhere near the community's clubhouse that all residents could have access to.

Board members suggested that the project be analyzed by the town's open space coordinator Jen Viggiani before coming back to the Planning Board for what would most likely be a final review.

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