Work may begin on Park Ridge subdivision

Photo Kristin Schultz
Construction equipment could soon start up as Barbera Homes nears the end of the municipal approval process.Photo Kristin Schultz Construction equipment could soon start up as Barbera Homes nears the end of the municipal approval process.

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — Hammers should start swinging this spring at the Park Ridge subdivision if Barbera Homes gains the final approval it is seeking at the Feb. 28 Niskayuna Town Board Meeting.

Owner Frank Barbera appeared before the town Planning Board on Feb. 13 and discussed the project’s progress.
Property development began 21⁄2 years ago but has progressed slowly during what board members and Town Planner Laura Robertson described as a “bizarre” subsequent chain of events. There have been changes in ownership as well as an accidental over-clearing of the land followed by no progress of the development.

“Having another company build this subdivision is good for the town,” said Town Attorney Robert Hess.
Barbera Homes purchased the property from Concord Development Co. last summer, and over the last few months has cleaned up the site, built a model home and installed roads. Barbera’s proposed plans are not significantly different from the original version and will include 25 single-family homes with prices starting around $320,000 for a 1,628-square-foot house.

“Barbera is a regular developer in Niskayuna,” said Robertson. “We have worked with him before and wish him the best.”

Barbera thinks the location — close proximity to the Niskayuna rec center and surrounding town facilities as well as to local employers — will be a draw for families. Barbera also stated in an email that he “has always appreciated the support of the planning and town boards as well as the building and planning department.”

He projects that the subdivision will sell out within 24 months.