Clifton Park developers eye Balltown Road project

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By Kristin Schultz

Gazette Reporter

A Clifton Park developer is eyeing the space on Balltown Road between CVS and WRGB for residential and retail development.

Bob Miller Jr. and Tim Miller of real estate developers The Windsor Cos. presented preliminary plans to the Niskayuna Planning Board on July 24.

If approved, this would be the Millers’ first development in Niskayuna. Windsor has developed properties in Clifton Park, Slingerlands, Glens Falls and beyond. It also has developments in Cape Coral, Florida.

As presented, the development would include 3,000 square feet of retail space facing Balltown Road. The developers plan to build rental townhomes and apartments to the east of Balltown Road up to Van Antwerp Road. Rent for the one- and two-bedroom units would likely start around $1,250 per month.

The plans include a total of 50 rental units. Two, six-unit townhome buildings are proposed for construction along Van Antwerp. Another 14 apartment units would be above and connected to the retail space facing Balltown Road and a 24-unit apartment building would be behind the retail-residential structure.

“This project brings a component of walkability,” said Bob Miller. “It’s a missing tooth in what’s developed there and is in line with the town’s vision.”

Five existing homes will need to be demolished. All five are rentals. Four are currently occupied but the residents hold month-to-month or short-term leases. Two months ago, the Millers purchased the properties, and although they have not given formal notice to the tenants, Bob Miller indicated to the board that the residents are aware of the plans.

Miller reported that currently the homes rent for $750 to $1,250 per month.

The estimated project cost is unknown at this early stage, as is the timeline. Miller said since this is the brothers’ first time working in Niskayuna, they do not have set expectations and plans to simply work with the town through the development process.

The Planning Board raised concerns about traffic and aligning roadways and driveways. Board members also asked that the developers look at including sidewalk work from Balltown Road up Van Antwerp.

Miller said as plans are drawn up, the feel of the neighborhood will be maintained. Miller reported that they are working with Saratoga-based Balzer & Tuck Architects.

The public will have its say on the project at a public hearing at a date to be determined.

The town board would also have to approve a zone change to accommodate the project.