Planning a new Clifton Park
Clifton Park residents want the busy town center to look attractive, have a lot of stores and be safer for pedestrians.
But when they hear planners talk about creating downtown-like spaces and making commercial corridors more walkable, they fear two things: Wolf Road in Colonie and Route 9 in Malta.
“There’s nothing attractive about that,” Bill Casey said of the new town center in Malta, where tall buildings jut up next to the sidewalk on a state highway where cars whiz by.
“I think that was an example of a good idea poorly executed,” added Joel Koval, a Clifton Park Planning Board member. “It’s kind of this monolithic block that rises up from Route 9.”
Residents readily shared their opinions and concerns at a public forum on changing the zoning code for the town center of Clifton Park, which includes the Route 146 and Route 9 commercial corridors, extends east to the Halfmoon border, west to Moe Road, north to Plank Road and south to Sitterly Road.
A full story on Wednesday's forum can be found HERE.
The schedule for the rest of the zoning plans is available below.
On Friday, officials plan to unveil what they hope will be a fairly complete rough draft of the zoning plan for the town center. People may drop in between 4 and 6 p.m. at the library during an open house to look at the plans.
Follow @poozer87 on Twitter.