Stewart’s offers to pay for Malta water line
Company seeking permission for new shop on Route 67
MALTA There’s a new plan to bring public water to part of Maltaville, where many residents rely on poor-quality groundwater from wells.
Stewart’s Shops is offering to spend $200,000 to build a new water line in return for town permission to construct one of its convenience stores on Route 67 at the entrance to the Luther Forest Technology Campus.
Aspects of the arrangement have been under discussion for months, after plans that Stewart’s filed with the town in February 2013 stalled for lack of public water. Malta officials now believe a final deal to get water to the store and some homes is close.
“I think we’re in a position where we could set a public hearing for our March meeting,” said town Supervisor Paul Sausville.
The Town Board must approve the shop and gas station in the campus as an amendment to the Luther Forest Technology Campus planned development district, but won’t do so until the water issue is resolved.
Stewart’s is proposing to spend $200,000 to tap into the Saratoga County Water Authority main that runs into the technology campus.
The money would be enough to run about 1,000 feet of 10-inch water main into Maltaville, reaching about a dozen homes. The line would serve the eastern ends of Old State Road and Dugan Hill Road, and be large enough to serve the entire neighborhood in the future.
Many other homeowners would like public water, but one resident said the proposal was a good step. “This is welcome,” said Christopher Luhn of Old State Road.
The water line would be owned by Saratoga Water Services, the private water company that serves central Malta. It would buy the water from the water authority and bill residents for its use.
The water authority has yet to approve the agreement.
Marissa Mackay, whose family owns Saratoga Water Services, said it would be at least a year before construction could start. A Stewart’s representative described its $200,000 contribution as “seed money,” but neither town officials nor Saratoga Water Services could say when or if the water line would be extended further through the neighborhood. They do acknowledge the need.
A town study in 2011 found it would cost as much as $1.9 million to bring public water to the 73 homes in the area.
Stewart’s likes the location because of its access to workers at GlobalFoundries’ Fab 8 in the tech campus, as well as the growing traffic between the Mechanicville-Stillwater area and the Northway.
An Adirondack Trust Co. bank branch is also part of the proposal.