Assisted living facility pitched for Halfmoon
$30M building to house 133 units
HALFMOON A developer wants to build an assisted living facility on a Halfmoon property where a hospital or medical offices have been proposed.
Pike Co. of Rochester is seeking a zoning change for an 8.47-acre tract on Route 146 east of Route 9.
If that and future approvals are granted, the $30 million building with space for 133 units would be built before the medical facility, said Kevin Dailey, attorney for property owner Boni Enterprises.
The facility would provide assisted living, which usually includes some nursing care without being a full-service nursing home, to people with memory loss, Dailey said.
The town Planning Board on Monday recommended the Town Board approve the applicant’s planned development district, the first step in a process that also will require Planning Board site plan approvals.
Planning Board members’ questions about the project at 410 Route 146 were satisfied at the Monday meeting, said board Chairman Stephen Watts Jr.
“They’ve certainly evidenced the need for that type of facility with our aging population and many people moving to town,” he said.
The facility would employ about 100, he added.
Pike Co. is working with an “experienced operator” of nursing care, Dailey said, though he declined to name the company.
The building is proposed as a four-story, L-shaped structure with a total of more than 104,000 square feet, said Rich Harris, the town’s director of planning.
The developer first brought plans for the assisted living facility to the town planning office in November.
Plans for the property have gone through several revisions in the last few years. Boni Enterprises got PDD approval in 2008 to build a 120-bed hospital at the 81-acre site, but the state wouldn’t approve a certificate of need.
Then in 2011, Boni teamed up with St. Peter’s Hospital to propose 467,200 square feet of buildings, including a medical facility and biomedical research facility, instead of a hospital.
The newest proposal splits off 8.47 acres and creates a new PDD just for the assisted living facility and two smaller buildings, one about 12,000 square feet and the other 15,000 square feet, whose use would be determined later, Harris said.
The uses on the rest of the property would remain the same, with five buildings proposed, Dailey said.
If the new PDD is approved, the owner and developer then would have to go back and amend the existing PDD to reflect the land taken out of it, Harris said.
Boni Enterprises still hasn’t given up on the idea of building a hospital or emergency department on the site. Dailey said southern Saratoga County needs an emergency room, if not a full hospital.
Even with the new urgent care facilities — one by Ellis Hospital that recently opened in Clifton Park on Sitterly Road and the other Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center are building in Malta near Northway Exit 12 — residents still need fast access to emergency care in the event of a heart attack or stroke, Dailey said.
“I could go on for hours about the need for this in southern Saratoga County,” he said.
The increasing population of Halfmoon only makes that need more pressing, Dailey added.
“Ultimately, we may need to get our political leaders involved,” he said.