Local sporting groups start planning a place to play

Landry noted that there is the possibility that there might be interest from these other clubs, as well as school groups and adult leagues.

While there would be no cost to the town for the proposed building, Landry said that they would like to be as helpful as they can with the process.

"We're going to have further presentations, and we're going to look into this further " it's being presented to us, and we think there is a very serious need for the club," said Landry.

According to the written plans, the facility could accommodate training for up to 30 players at a time.

The Niskayuna soccer and lacrosse clubs serve about 250 people, ages 7 to 16.

Ray Gillen, chairman of the Schenectady Metroplex, described Center City, the clubs' former practice spot, as a "white elephant" " it was in a state of great disrepair and tax revenue was low.

The Galesi Group has since purchased the building, and it is being renovated and turned into a new, multi-use space that will include offices, a gym and retail shops.

Currently the soccer and lacrosse clubs are holding onto equipment such as turf that was purchased from Center City, as well as equipment that was donated, including old hockey boards that were donated by the Galesi Group and are now in storage in Schenectady, "waiting for a new home."

Further plans for the facility will be presented at the Niskayuna Town Board meeting on Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m""

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