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Clifton Park Residence Inn gains approval

Plans to build a four-story Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Clifton Park have new life after years of sitting idle. The Clifton Park Planning Board wrapped up its review of the project on Tuesday, March 13, giving the developer license to seek a building permit.

The plan for the four-story, 57,000-square-foot hotel and 5,200 square foot restaurant with 163 parking spaces was first brought to the town in 2007. The project site sits on Route 9, near the Northway’s exit 9.

The site is 5.2 acres, with approximately 45 percent of the parcel to be left as open space. Approximate cost for the project was pegged at $10 million.

Melanie Osterhout of OSPA Engineering, presented site plans to the board and staff members.

To date, all of the comments received by Osterhout’s office have been addressed, she said, with the exception of 10 relatively minor issues.

A sidewalk is proposed on the site, and it was the topic of much of the meeting’s discussion, along with grading the site. The sidewalk, in particular, would be an expensive addition to the project.

“Since the last meeting we did meet in the field and walked the site out front and we spoke with the Department of Transportation,” said Osterhout. “Their feeling was that the site driveway down to the next public road was a logical terminus. Anything other than that would not be. So the question came up basically, what is that going to cost?”

The cost estimate for the sidewalk is $136,000 and grading for the site is estimated at $37,000. Osterhout noted that the sidewalk crosses a stream and accounts for some of the cost. The sidewalk will connect with one on Clifton Park Village Road.

“I thought the topsoil for grading at $37,000 was a little on the high side considering that the whole area needs to be graded anyway,” said Planning Board Chairman Rocco Ferraro.

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