The first round of construction would lay the beginnings of a trail system that will wind through the park. It's planned as a 6-foot-wide wood chip path, but given the wetland constraints at the site, there was some question as to where exactly it will go.
Planning Board Chairman George Leveille reminded the builder the path should serve to enhance accessibility as well as recreational pursuits.
"The treatment of the commercial area should really have a neighborhood feel to it," he said. "There still should be opportunity for residents of New Scotland Road and the like to walk over."
If there has been one theme between developers and the town in recent meetings, it has undeniably been speed. With a glut of high-tech companies poised to come to the Capital District to support the GlobalFoundries plant in Malta, Columbia and BBL are pushing an aggressive construction schedule.
"We need to get site plan approval to indicate the town is supportive of this," Jonathan deForest of BBL Construction said.