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Malta medical complex takes shape

On Tuesday, April 22, the Town of Malta Planning Board heard an initial concept proposal for the development of an 85,000-square-foot medical complex between Route 9 and Hearn Road. Though the project is still in the early stages of planning, representatives of MSA Properties and The Environmental Design Partnership group presented two eco-friendly scenarios for development of the 34-acre parcel of land that slopes downward to Drummond Creek.

Representing MSA Properties was Matt Ward, who said the proposed medical center would provide educational services, ambulatory surgery, imaging services and outpatient practices. These services would either be split up into three structures in a campus-like setting or be consolidated into one larger, L-shaped structure that would lie largely along Route 9.

Both the board and planners agreed the latter would be preferable, especially when considering many patients would need to visit more than one area of the complex.

According to Clifton Park-based Environmental Design Partnership representative Gavin Vuillaume, the overall impact on the parcel would be virtually the same under either plan.

Although he said about three quarters of the site would remain undisturbed, the approximately 7.2-acre developable area would require significant overhaul.

In order for us to develop this parcel, quite a bit of material would have to be removed, said Vuillaume.

He estimated 140,000 cubic yards of earth would need to leave the site, but expressed hope it could be put to use at other nearby developments.

A portion -- 1.47 acres -- of that developable area is made up of steep slopes of a 15 percent grade or more. Special permission from the town would be required for these areas to be developed. Though Vuillaume said most of the parcel's slopes would remain undisturbed, there was concern over the impact of the changes.

Board member William Smith warned that a storm-water management plan was of great importance.

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