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Crossgates expansion clears another hurdle

Rendering unveiled alongside revised site plan; World of Beer coming to mall

Robert Sweeney, a lawyer representing Crossgates Mall, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, shows a comparison between the current building facade and what it will look like after an addition and exterior renovations are completed.

Robert Sweeney, a lawyer representing Crossgates Mall, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, shows a comparison between the current building facade and what it will look like after an addition and exterior renovations are completed. Photo by John Purcell.

— Barber said town planners appeared to prefer the changed lot configuration, but wanted revisions made to it. Barber noted nearly all parking lots are configured how planners preferred it.

If Crossgates’ revised plan was approved with parking remaining as currently configured, there would still be a loss of spaces across the two affected lots. Those parking lots would lose approximately 77 spaces and drop to a total of around 1,345 spaces.

The mall is required to provide 4.5 spaces for each 1,000 square feet of gross leasable area, with the mall holding 1.6 million square feet total. There must be 7,222 parking spaces provided, and after the expansion there will be 7,408 spaces.

“We are comfortably above 4.5 on this plan with the expansion,” Sweeney said, “so there is no parking variance for the number of spaces.”

How many parking spaces would remain under the planning board’s desired lot configuration, which would likely reduce spaces, has not been determined.

Crossgates representatives remained mum on what the new businesses will be or is hoped to be, but the chain restaurant World of Beer appears to be coming to the mall.

Spotlight News could not confirm where the restaurant — which the company describes as “a thriving beer-centric tavern boasting an extensive collection of brews from around the globe” — would be located. A spokesperson for the company would only confirm the business is looking to expand into the “Albany area.”

World of Beer has a page on its website listing a location at Crossgates Mall as “coming soon.” There is also a job application for future Crossgates location on the same page.

A spokeswoman from Construction Data Company News, distributor of public and private commercial construction leads, confirmed construction is planned to begin Monday, Jan. 6. The construction project is listed as a “renovation.”

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