Let's Make a Deal
Want a parking lot in downtown Saratoga Springs?
The city's department of public safety is looking to trade its Collamer Parking Lot, which is next to the Algonquin building, for a piece of land on the city's East side that can be used for a third fire station. According to a request for proposals, the department is looking for three acres that is within half a mile of the intersection of Route 9, Meadowbrook and Gilbert Roads.
A copy of the RFP is available below.
Based on the RFP, the city would receive at least $775,000 for its parking lot and would spend no more than $200,000 to buy a piece of land on the East side, with the difference in cost being a profit for the city.
"The successful bidder will offer the greatest value to the city for Collamer Lot and the Fire/Emergency Service facility site land transaction," says the RFP.
Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen said in Tuesday's city council meeting that there is already one property on the East side, off of Union Avenue, which is under consideration.
He argued that it would be beneficial in the long run for the city to add the parking lot to the tax rolls, with it most likely developed for mixed-use purposes. There would be a loss of downtown parking lots, but Mathiesen argued that they will eventually be replaced by a garage behind the city center and that public safety was more important than parking spots anyway.
Responses to the RFP are due to the Office of the Commissioner of Accounts by noon on Friday.
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