MALTA: Medical park to move forward

"It's the vision of the large pharmacy with the drive-through that has me turned off," said planning board member Bill Cuddy.

Board members agreed that stand-alone commercial pharmacy chains are not what they envision and suggested instead a small pharmacy.

Other uses proposed are an urgent care center and radiology-related services. Medical offices and a variety of senior-care housing options have also been proposed.

"A very long-term provision has been made for a future hospital," said Jones.

The hospital would be about 440 square feet, the same size as the existing Saratoga Hospital. A helipad is planned to be located at the front of the property closer to Route 67, while almost everything else will be placed more to the middle of the site.

"We wanted to very much preserve the Northway views," said Mike Ingersoll of the LA Group. Ingersoll said that well over 60 percent of the nearly 140 acres will remain green space.

Both Jones and Ingersoll, in presentations to the town and planning boards, noted that Saratoga Care intends to incorporate the equestrian theme as the town has required. When pressed for more information about the therapeutic riding aspect of the proposal, Jones backpedaled.

"We've got some work to do in that area," he said. "We have only been studying the equestrian component for two months."

While Jones acknowledged that there is a large demand for a therapeutic riding facility in the area, he said it would require the construction of an indoor riding arena which was not included in the PDD plans. ""

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