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Planning Board tackles multiple projects

Expansions, office space and apartments on the agenda at April 9 meeting

— Two projects got their time in front of the Colonie Planning Board underway Tuesday, April 9, with concept approvals. The applicants will have to come back to the board with more detailed plans.

Precision Valve & Automation, a company that creates machinery for manufacturers, sits at 1 Mustang Drive off of Loudon Road and is looking to expand its one-story building by 74,500 square feet.

Daniel Tompkins, of Environmental Design Partnership, said the company’s 650 parking spots is excessive and they are looking to displace about 300 of the spots through the expansion. The expansion would also add in two loading docks. Loading occurs during regular business hours and should not be a nuisance to the neighbors, Tompkins said.

First Columbia LLC Vice President Chris Bette received concept approval for a two-story, 30,000-square-foot office on a two-acre parcel at 40 Century Hill Drive. First Columbia is a property management service that also developed the Century Hill Plaza in Latham. Bette did not identify any tenants for the new parcel but said it would be a multi-tenant office.

Representatives from CAP COM Federal Credit Union also came before the board for an update on their plans to expand their headquarters by building a new three-story building sitting on 11 acres of land at 4 Winners Circle. However, the Planning Board has been concerned with congestion from traffic coming off of Wolf Road. In previous meetings, the board has suggested creating a connector at Marcus Boulevard to Albany-Shaker and Sand Creek roads, as well as a roundabout at Marcus Boulevard.

Daniel Hershberg, of Hershberg & Hershberg engineering, said CAP COM will have the issues worked out by the time they ask for final approval.

“We are well on our way to get this plan to seek final approval,” he said.

Representatives from Murray Manor Apartments also came to the board to give an update on plans for a two-story, 12-unit apartment building at 616A Boght Road. The building would be designated for adults 55 and older with a common entranceway. The applicants presented an updated, more aesthetically pleasing design than what was submitted to the board on Tuesday, March 12, and asked for concept approval for the project.

Chairman Peter Stuto said the project had shown “vast improvements” but still felt having separate entrances for the apartments would be a better situation. The board did not take any action in regard to the project.

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