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Health care facilities, restaurant, apartments on track at Socha project

Friday, March 7, 2014
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Bill Socha, company president, poses for a photo in front of the new Socha Building on Saratoga Road in Glenville on Friday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Bill Socha, company president, poses for a photo in front of the new Socha Building on Saratoga Road in Glenville on Friday.

— Three health care providers, a restaurant and a jeweler are the first tenants to sign a lease for Socha Management’s $10 million development along Route 50 in Glenville, the company said Friday.

The three-story, 60,000-square-foot building between Socha Plaza and Socha Plaza South is still under construction and won’t open until this summer, said company president Bill Socha. But it’s already attracted a diverse array of tenants looking to establish a presence in the growing Schenectady County town.

“One of our main goals was to get a restaurant in here because we knew the community really wanted more restaurants in Glenville,” Socha said. “But we were also looking for diversity, and I think we have it so far.”

Albany Medical Center, Ellis Medicine and a third local health care provider, which has yet to be announced, will all open facilities inside the building.

Albany Medical Center will open an urgent-care facility in 4,200 square feet of space on the building’s first floor. It will mark the hospital’s third walk-in medical facility under the EmUrgentCare name, which it acquired last fall along with the provider’s two locations in Coxsackie and Saugerties. The new location will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, and will provide treatment for illnesses and injuries ranging from cuts, sprains and fractures to colds, flu symptoms, asthma and infections.

Dr. Ferdinand Venditti, vice dean for clinical affairs at Albany Medical Center and head of the Albany Med Faculty Physicians group, said the idea is to bring the hospital closer to patients — much as it did last year when it opened an emergent care center in Malta with Saratoga Hospital.

“Malta is a little bit higher level of care than we can provide in Glenville,” he said. “The facility will be just 11.5 miles away. But we will be able to provide services the community needs in a much shorter time frame and in a more convenient venue than you’ll find at a full-service ER in a hospital setting.”

Meanwhile, Ellis Medicine has agreed to lease 5,500 square feet of space on the facility’s second floor so it can relocate its Glenville primary care practice into a bigger space.

Last year, the Schenectady-based health care system absorbed the patient load from a nearby primary care practice. Baptist Health System closed the practice at 7 Culligan Drive after years of financial struggles and recruitment challenges, leaving Ellis poised to take over its approximately 2,100 patients.

That growth in patients, as well as the addition of a new physician and nurse practitioner, have left Ellis with less space at its existing practice, just up the road from the new Socha development.

“We’ve been in the same space for 26 years and the practice has grown,” said Dr. Dean Lemiri, medical director of primary care at Ellis. “It’s a wonderful office, but we need more space to better accommodate more patients. This new space will be a much nicer layout and the timing was just right.”

Altamont restaurant Mio Vino Wine Bar & Bistro will open a second location on the ground floor of the Socha building. The restaurant will occupy 5,100 square feet indoors, with 1,400 square feet of adjoining patio space.

Mio Vino opened a little more than two years ago at 186 Main St. in Altamont and has since won a handful of local awards for its wine and cuisine. It serves fresh seafood, salads, pasta, specialty sandwiches, pizzas and more.

The name and menu will be the same as at the Altamont location, said Mio Vino co-owner Michael Giorgio. There should be room enough for about 130 seats indoors and another 60 or so seats outside, he said.

Giorgio also co-owns Brittany Jewelers, which is planning to relocate from Central Avenue in Colonie to 1,500 square feet of space on the first floor of the new Socha building, marking the first retailer to join the mixed-use building.

“I like Glenville,” said Giorgio. “I think it’s a great community. I have friends who live in Glenville. Several different people had told me this gentleman Bill Socha was building a beautiful new building that would be the perfect location for a restaurant. They said, ‘You should talk to him.’ So I did.”

One of Socha’s goals with the new mixed-use facility was to establish a “live, work, play” theme under one roof. The family-run business is working with other interested retailers to lease out the remaining 1,500 square feet on the building’s first floor. There is still about 10,000 square feet of office space to lease on the second floor. The third floor, which will contain 10 corporate and six luxury apartments, is what Socha’s really excited about.

“My wife and I will be living in one of those apartments,” he said. “I can’t wait to walk from my office to my home next-door, you know? And if I want to have a bite to eat and a beer, I can go right downstairs.”

The luxury apartments will have granite countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms, and some will have fireplaces and skylights. Apartments facing the front of the building will have floor-to-ceiling windows. There will be a private entrance into the building for residents and heated sidewalks from the parking lot into the building. About six to eight people are already on a waiting list to hear about the apartments once rent is finalized, Socha said.

Construction kicked off last April and moved in stages from the top of the building down, he said, so most of the remaining work is on the first floor. He expects the building to be ready to open by late July or early August.

“I’ve been in Glenville for 30 years and I’m just really proud that Glenville is growing the way it has for the last several years,” he said. “A lot of what’s happening in this building wouldn’t be possible without growth in other areas of town.”

 
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