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Second Exit 9 workshop set in Clifton Park

The towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon will hold a second public workshop to gain feedback about the use of the land near Exit 9 off of Interstate 87.

The meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, at the Shenendehowa Senior Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, will be used to review the draft Exit 9 Land Use and Transportation Study and draft maps according to John Scavo, director of planning for Clifton Park.

Planning consultants Buckhurst Fish Jacquemart will present the draft plans before opening the floor for public comment.

The plan, which is part of a 20-to-30-year vision, includes proposals to build both residential and commercial property.

This is not something that is going to happen overnight, Scavo said. "We are looking at the functionality of the corridor while improving safety."

The two towns undertook a joint study of the land in January.

More than 70 residents came to the first public workshop held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Halfmoon Senior Center, where residents designed the area off Exit 9, and offered suggestions to the planning consultants on how to proceed with the space.

At the time, residents were asked to consider a series of items, including opportunities within the study and land use strategies.

Preliminary goals of the study are to improve performance of transportation systems, enhance conditions for all travel modes, especially pedestrian and bike traffic, and enhance the community character of the area.

Resident's suggestions included implementing a park-and-ride incentive; synchronizing traffic lights on Route 9, especially near Route 146; adding an exit on Interstate 87 to cut back on traffic exiting at 9 and 10; and fixing road conditions to provide safer paths for pedestrian and bike traffic.

"I know the recommendations took into consideration what was offered at the workshop," said Scavo.

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