Vista developers update initial building plans

"We certainly don't have complete plans, but we're working on them," Hershberg told the board.

The plans also show a "paper road" on the map which has the potential to eventually create a new road from the back of the site heading towards Voorheesville, but would need significant engineering work to complete because of the valleys and un-level topography involved.

"We'll let our grandchildren work on that one," said Planning Board Chairman Parker Mathusa, who said he was glad to see the plans designed land for future infrastructure if it was needed.

Planning board member Nicholas Behuniak asked about plans for any pedestrian pathways.

Hershberg said there are currently plans for a shared bike lane on the road and footpath for possible hiking around the site.

"We have committed to putting one in," Hershberg responded to Behuniak.

There were some concerns by potential tenants about security and protecting "trade secrets" that could arise from having public pathways around the site, according to the developers, but that more details would be coming as the project progressed.

"Those are concerns I can certainly respect," Behuniak said when told about the security issues.

Developers also told the board that, although it had been considered originally, there would be no cell phone towers constructed on the site.

Assistant Director of Economic Development and Planning Michael Morelli said that although Vista has "an aggressive schedule" slated for construction, that the infrastructure and planning are in place to make it "very doable."

The developers also denied some concerns about a possible "big box store", as one Vista representative said, "A big box building was never in the plans for Vista. I know that there are rumors that there are. It's not suited for that purpose."

Developers say they want to begin the work on the boulevard this fall and begin construction on the first building by spring.""

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