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Clifton Park Planning Board approves Rte. 9 medical office

Clifton Park Planning Board approves Rte. 9 medical office

Updated concept plan submitted for another medical office proposed for Route 146
Clifton Park Planning Board approves Rte. 9 medical office
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The Clifton Park Planning Board gave the green light on Tuesday night to a proposed medical office to be constructed on Route 9. Board members also received an updated concept plan for another medical office proposed for the east end of Route 146 near Balltown Road in response to concerns raised during its previous meeting. 

Proposed by Pausen Development, the approved project features a two story, 40,000-square-foot medical office building that will be constructed on a 4.48 acre parcel with 220 parking spaces at 1785 Route 9. The new medical facility will be built adjacent to the existing Community Care Physicians site. 

At the planning board's request, project engineers added a formal crosswalk to connect the two buildings.

Parking is located to the rear and side of the medical office.

"We think we've provided enough pedestrian access to and from the two buildings," said Gavin Vuillaume of Environmental Design Partnership, the Clifton Park based firm that designed the project.

Board members had few comments about the final project. However, board member Eric Ophardt raised a concern: what if more than 220 parking spots were needed?

Project engineers not only noted that there are areas off to the side of the site that could fit overflow parking, but also pointed out that the 220 spots is what the building tenant knows is necessary, and that any new tenants will need to adhere to the 220 parking spaces.

"These particular tenants are very sure that this is the parking they need," Vuillaume said. He added that Paulsen would be willing to include a stipulation in any final approvals that a discussion of shared parking with neighboring sites would be initiated if parking became an issue.

"I'd rather have more parking than not enough. I really would," he said.

The Paulsen project received unanimous approval from the planning board.

The other project calls for a 6,000-square-foot building to be built on a 1.52-acre parcel of land. The current zoning for the area is hamlet/mixed use, according to plans submitted to the town. The project is being proposed by William Ayaegbunam, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Clifton Park. 

The proposal includes 40 parking spaces on the site in front of the building. Sidewalks would be installed around the building, providing pedestrian access from Route 146, and a connection to a future pedestrian trail on Route 146.

The lot is located approximately 850 feet south of the intersection of Route 146, Glenridge Road and Blue Barns Road. The project area is currently wooded. 

Ayaegbunam's practice will be the only business in the building. Malta-based firm Lansing Engineering worked with Ayaegbunam to develop the project.

The revised concept plan included a few minor changes, including moving landscaping back from the front of the site and moving the actual structure forward, decreasing the green space that was between the front parking lot and the front of the building.

Engineers are still working on refinements to the building's facade design.

Some of the parking spaces have been moved to the side of the building in response board members' concerns raised during a previous meeting. . The initial plan called for all of the parking to be out in front of the building

The Ayaegbunam proposal will return to the board at a later meeting.

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