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MALTA: Medical park closer to reality

The LA Group is looking into the possibility of locating a helicopter landing pad in the area as well. In this same development area, an urgent-care facility with an outpatient surgery component could be built. Saratoga Care, which owns and operates Saratoga Hospital and Wilton Medical Arts, later this month will open Malta Medical Arts, a small urgent-care facility located on Route 9 that is expected to move into the larger medical park site when the project is complete.

Ingersoll said that all buildings in the medical park will be within walking distance of one another, not requiring patients to move their cars from point to point if they are visiting more than one location in the campus. In addition to a village green area, Ingersoll said the layout, which groups the buildings in the middle of the parcel, preserves the buffer from the Northway as well as the area's rural character.

Jones indicated that Saratoga Care is currently working with the Cornell Cooperative Extension to explore the possibility of incorporating therapeutic riding, or equine-assisted therapy, into the overall plan. He said patients could benefit from this unusual treatment because the movement of the horse simulates walking.

Discussion of the Saratoga Medical Park at Malta is on the planning board's April 17 agenda. Planning board meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Malta Town Hall. ""

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