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Developer has plans for vacant Saratoga Springs lot

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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— Developer Sonny Bonacio is hoping the third time is the charm for developing a long-vacant lot at the corner of West Avenue and Church Street.

The prolific builder wants to transform the 2.79-acre lot into a multistory structure housing as many as 68 market-rate apartments and 7,500 square feet of commercial space. Details of the project were pitched to the city’s Planning Board earlier this month, and the developer now hopes to secure a special-use permit for building in the transect zone.

The new building along West Avenue will feature four stories, with street-level commercial space. The building along Church Street will have three stories and then two stories as it moves into the gradient of the lot.

Parking for the building will be in behind the L-shaped development. The building will also feature garages on the low apartment units, according to plans.

The project will also need to seek architectural approval this month from the city’s Design Review Commission. It wasn’t immediately clear how much the project will cost, and Bonacio did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

Considered a gateway to the West Avenue corridor, the lot across from the golf course at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club has remained vacant since the demolition of the 12-room Country Club Motel in 2006. Originally, the property was slated for a 72,500-square-foot, three-story building with 45 market-rate apartments and 24,000 square feet of retail or office space on the bottom floor. Developer John Wise’s project received the necessary approvals, but never came to fruition.

Last year, Omni Development pitched a new set of plans to build 90 independent-living apartments for people ages 55 and older. Billed as a $25 million project, Omni also proposed 5,500 square feet of commercial space for a restaurant or retail shops. Plans for the U-shaped, four-story building also included a courtyard that would allow for gardens and dining terraces.

Omni’s project also received approval from the planning board, but never saw a shovel in the ground.

 
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