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MALTA: Medical park closer to reality

The Malta Town Board unanimously agreed to move ahead on a proposal by Saratoga Care that would create a medical park on 140 acres just off Exit 12. The Monday, April 2, decision comes after six to eight months of discussions with the town and a detailed presentation made at the board's March agenda meeting.

I think it would be welcomed, said board member Cliff Lange. "Not just for Malta, but people surrounding us, too."

Keeping in line with early recommendations from town officials, the Saratoga Medical Park at Malta Planned Development District (PDD), as it is being called, will incorporate and preserve much of the equine setting that is associated with the existing site. Most Malta residents refer to this site and the site adjacent to it, now owned by the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, as the "Old Horse Farm."

Mike Ingersoll, of the LA Group, said Saratoga Care intends to preserve the horse farm, fencing and setting that is associated with the parcel.

"It will have a campus feel that preserves as much of the land as we can," said Ingersoll.

Plans are for the agri-recreational area to stay green, giving the project 55 percent of green space. With lawns and landscaping that increases to well over 60 percent, Ingersoll said.

Attorney Matt Jones, representing Saratoga Care, said the plan Ingersoll presented was one of long range that would occur over a 20-, 30- or 40-year period.

The plan presented by Ingersoll included seven "development areas" on the site, which could include a two-story building offering medical, retail and professional offices, physicians offices, senior living, assisted living and a sustained community similar to that currently offered by Wesley or the Eddy.

Also included in the proposal is an area for a 400,000-square-foot, 240-bed hospital, which would have multiple floors and likely include a parking structure.

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