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Clifton Park Center plans major growth

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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— The Clifton Park Center could get bigger under a plan by its owner to add 28,000 square feet of retail space to the open-air shopping plaza.

DCG Development Co. is seeking town approval to build the additional space in the northwestern end of the center where a parking lot sits between Olive Garden and Ninety Nine Restaurant.

“It’s basically just a continuation of our ongoing effort to modernize the center by adding new retail and hospitality opportunities,” said DCG Development Co. Vice President Donald MacElroy.

The development company bought the shopping center in 2006 when it was still an enclosed mall struggling to fill vacancies, and transformed it into an open-air plaza with a more than 90 percent occupancy rate. That involved demolishing parts of the mall and detaching anchors J.C. Penney and Marshalls.

The transformation involved rebuilding and reconfiguring the remaining retail space so that it formed a perimeter. The southern and eastern portions of this perimeter are built out, with space left to build on the northern and western portions by JCPenney, Ninety Nine Restaurant and Olive Garden. MacElroy said this includes more than just the 28,000 square feet of space he’s proposing.

“We’re not quite in the last phase of things,” he said. “We still have a couple other areas where we have the ability to add square footage.”

DCG is working with a number of potential tenants to fill the proposed new space, MacElroy said.

Just a few weeks ago, the company broke ground on a Homewood Suites by Hilton in the shopping center. The 100-room extended-stay hotel will go up next to the skate park.

 
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