Residents look at plans during a recent Planning Board meeting. Jim Franco / Spotlight News
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COLONIE — The Planning Board had a busy night on Tuesday, Oct. 30, but took no formal action on any of the six projects before it.
The board, again, gave a cool reception to the idea of building 18 units in three buildings on 5.4 acres of land between Vly and New Karner roads that was first proposed in June.
The plan, presented on behalf of Rosetti Associates, was in front of the board looking for concept acceptance, which means the board is OK with the general idea with the understanding that finer details will get worked out at a later date.
Instead of giving the preliminary OK, the board opted to table the plan.
When it was before the board in June, concerns included trying to squeeze too much into too small a space, not enough amenities for residents, concerns about the emergency entrance/exit on Vly Road.
Also, the project calls for combining four different parcels to make up the 5.4 acres and most of that is already developed with buildings owned by Rosetti.
In June, neighbors living on or near the already heavily-trafficked Vly Road voiced concerns about traffic, noise, lights and other issues.
The plan calls for two eight-unit buildings and one two-unit buildings, 36 parking spaces with a main entrance and egress onto Karner Road.
In June, the Planning Board also opted to not grant concept acceptance and sent Rosetti back to the drawing board.
Other projects in front of the board on Oct. 30:
The board did grant concept acceptance to Ferraro Entertainment Inc. to combine four lots on 7.2 acres at the intersection of Albany Shaker and Sicker roads to construct a 25,000-square-foot indoor amusement center.
The facility will include such things as laser tag, a Ninja challenge, and mini bowling. Ferraro has a similar facility in Queensbury called the Fun Spot.
The plan, which was initially proposed in May for a sketch plan review, includes 200 parking spots and lounges and party rooms not used for amusement.
There are currently five buildings and six out buildings on the site. Initially, two main buildings and three outbuildings will get demolished.
The plan also allows for a nearly 20,000-square-foot expansion should business activity warrant. Developers will need to come back before the board for final approval before construction can start.
The board reviewed the sketch plan submitted for a 23-lot subdivision with 21 new houses and two lots reserved for storm water management.
The 21.2 acres is located on Loudon Road, or Route 9, and was recently divided into two parcels.
The plan is a straight forward subdivision of an existing parcel of land zoned for single family homes.
It would tie into Weatherby Court and Nottingham Way, a part of the high-end Dutch Meadows development, on the opposite side of the development from Route 9.
There is not any plans to tie into Route 9, but the project has been tied at the hip with a plan to build senior housing which would access Route 9 and concerns is that that access would have continued into the housing development and into Dutch Meadows.
In January, the board granted concept acceptance to Phase I of the project, which is the construction of six single family homes on nearly 18 acres but it strongly suggested the developer come back with plans for Phase II before final approval is granted.
The developer, Benjamin Avery, of Vermont-based Black Rock Construction, will need concept acceptance by the Planning Board for the entire project and then will need final site plan approvals before construction can start.
This plan does not include the senior housing at all and therefore the board did not address the initial plan that requested a zoning change.
The board reviewed the sketch plan presented by Muhammad Tasaddaq to construct three buildings on 363 Troy Schenectady Road: a 7,500-square-foot building for office/retail, a 6,650-square-foot, two story apartment building and a 300-square-foot storage building.
The 2.1-acre site is located in an Commercial Office Residential district.
It is expected to generate some 20 trips during the peak afternoon rush hour.
The board will need to grant concept acceptance and then grant final approval before construction can begin.
Expansion of the existing shop at the intersection of Albany Shaker and Everett roads was first proposed in December, 2017. The board most recently reviewed a sketch plan of the project’s latest incarnation.
The plan to nearly double the size of the existing location met with staunch public resistance due mainly to traffic concerns at the busy intersection.
The plan has changed a bit since initially proposed and there are fewer gas pumps and the proposed expansion is smaller, from 2,315 square feet to 3,336 square feet.
Stewart’s already purchased adjacent land at 410 Albany Shaker Road but rather than combine all of that with the existing 406 Albany Shaker Road, where the current building is located, it would split that parcel and combine some of it with the Commercial Office Residential zoning of 406 and leave some residential.
The latest incarnation also keeps the residential building and garage at 410 Albany Shaker Road standing.
Traffic and getting in and out of the parking lot onto the busy intersection were a concern the last time the plan was before the board but the number of fuel pumps is now reduced as is the size of the building.
The plan will first need the board to grant concept acceptance and then grant final approval before construction can start.
The board got its first look at a plan to construct a four-story and a five-story building on a 10.1-acre plot of land on Dunsbach Ferry Road just north of where it intersects with Route 9.
In all, the project would build 208 units for seniors with 104 units in each building and would include a clubhouse and parking garages. It would have a total of 320 parking spaces which is less than the required two spaces per unit.
The land is currently zoned Commercial Office residential but the developer, Charles Rosenstein, is asking for a Planned Development District, which allows for more density.
Part of granting such a waiver is requiring the developer to provide a public benefit and Rosenstein is proposing to make repairs to the existing intersection and says in the narrative attached to the proposal that senior housing is needed in the area and this project would help offset that need.
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