Clifton Park Planning Board to review 2 housing development projects

The Edison Club wants to build condos and create a "bundle community."

PHOTOGRAPHER: PETER R. BARBERThe Edison Club wants to build condos and create a "bundle community." PHOTOGRAPHER: PETER R. BARBER

By Kassie Parisi

Gazette Reporter

CLIFTON PARK — The Town Board is seeking the opinion of the Planning Board on two proposals — one for more than 200 housing units and another for 132 condos — proposed for two properties in town.

The first proposal deals with a project submitted by The Edison Club. The second was a proposal to build condos from Halfmoon developer Scott Earl on the northeast corner of Routes 146 and 146A.

At its Dec. 11 meeting, the board unanimously voted to refer both proposals to the Planning Board for further recommendations. The projects are being submitted in the form of planned development districts, which means their developers must receive Town Board approval before moving forward on construction.

However, the Town Board usually sends such projects to the Planning Board for feedback before making a decision.

In order to stay financially afloat and boost membership numbers, the Edison Club, a local golf club, is seeking to build a “bundle community” on its property.  In the golf industry, a “bundle community” consists of homes built on golf club property, with the stipulation that homeowners maintain memberships in the golf club. The club first proposed the idea in October.

Specifically, the club wants to build 206 housing units of various styles on about 79 acres of the club’s 286-acre property.

“This has engendered quite a bit of public interest,” Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said at the Monday meeting.

The homes would be built on what are now fairways, so the club’s 27-hole golf course would be reduced to an 18-hole course.

Craig McLean, the general manager of the club, said the buildings would be a mix of one-story single-family homes, duplexes and condos.

The homes, which could cost anywhere from $300,000 to $400,000, will be connected to the club via a private road. They would also have accommodations for parking and would come with golf carts. If approved, the Edison Club project would be the first of its kind in the area.

The homeowners would also have full access to the entire Edison Club, though the purchase price of the home would not include the cost of club membership. Peak membership for the golf club was around 470 golf members, said McLean.

McLean on Monday said the project has not been altered since it was proposed to the town in the fall.

The Route 146/146A project would consist of 47 buildings on just over 27 acres of land, with a possible 3,000-square-foot clubhouse for tenants. It was unclear as of Monday’s meeting what the clubhouse aspect might entail.

About 69 percent of the land will be reserved for open-space purposes, and the development would make use of a homeowner’s association. Targeted residents for the condos are, according to the plans, young professionals or senior citizens looking to downsize.

This is not the first time Earl has sought approval from the town on projects. Previously, he sought to build a shopping center at the location but he withdrew that project after hearing feedback from the town during the approval process.

Barrett noted that, historically, the Town Board has rarely given the green light for planned development district projects.

“It’s quite rare,” he said. But, he added, when proposals such as the Edison Club development and the Route 146 apartments come up, the board looks for projects that will be beneficial for the town, and also unique.

According to town Planning Director John Scavo, both proposals are tentatively scheduled to be addressed at the Planning Board meeting on Jan. 23. That board will have 60 days to make its recommendation to the Town Board.