COLONIE The Town of Colonie has been kicking around the idea of building a new park in place of the vacant Latham Water Treatment Plant along the Mohawk River, but it looks like it is now ready to move forward with those plans.
At a Town Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20, the town went public for the first time with the proposed project for the 12.3-acre parcel, which would be called Mohawk Landing, with a presentation given by Planning and Economic Development Director Joe LaCivita. The town is working with the Colonie Industrial Development Agency on obtaining funding to demolish the vacant Latham Water Treatment Plan and put in a new energy-efficient park complete with solar panels and an underwater collection system to water the community gardens.
“It’s a great project and we’re looking forward to having something we can go forward with,” said Supervisor Paula Mahan. “It fits in nicely with some of the connections that have been recommended through a lot of the studies done.”
Mahan said the project fits in with not only the town’s Comprehensive Plan but also the Rt. 7 Corridor Study and the Mighty Waters Initiative made by Congressman Paul Tonko to promote more development along the Mohawk Riverfront.
LaCivita said that the town originally looked into trying to stabilize the existing building but discovered it would essentially cost the town more money than putting in a park considering that the building does not have any structural integrity. The goal was also to make a connection with the Mohawk Bike-Hike trail to the town and through to the Ann Lee Pond.
“The goals for developing the plan was to improve the physical and visual access to the Mohawk River, strengthen the Mohawk River bike trail, enhance recreational activity, more interpretive signage and investigate storm water control,” LaCivita said. “We’ve hit every one of those bullet points in this design.”