Malta Land Company offers to build a $200,000 sewer extension to Cramer Road in exchange for a 10 percent density bonus.
BY JENNIE GREY
After four years of discussion, Malta Land Company has designed a plan for sanitary sewer improvements intended to benefit not only the Lakeview Landing subdivision but nearby neighborhoods along Cramer Road. At a Tuesday Dec. 20 meeting the Malta Planning Board agreed to the developers’ proposal for the 341 acres overlooking Saratoga Lake, considering a 10 percent density bonus fair exchange for the public advantage.
“We can’t do the whole sewer project, but we have come up with what we feel is a reasonable proposal,” said engineer Travis Mitchell of Environmental Design Partnership. Mitchell is working with the applicants, Tom and Wayne Samascott.
In 2007, a 118-lot cluster subdivision received preliminary approval from the town, Mitchell said. At that time a discussion about the sanitary sewer service delayed the project. The Planning Board approved a four-inch forced main after studies were completed.
When Tom Samascott acquired 45 more acres in the area the team reworked its plans. Since Route 9P bisects the land two sections were designed. The larger northern section holds single-family detached homes, while the southern section is dedicated to townhouses.
Several other housing projects are ongoing in the immediate area. Malta Land Company and other local developers have discussed working together to finance a new, larger forced main along Cramer Road. Malta Crossings proposes building a forced main on Cramer Road that would connect to the Lakeview Landing forced-main extension.
“I appreciate the thoughtful nature and progression of the plan over the years,” said Planning Board Chairman Glenn Rockwood.
The Lakeview Landing developers propose building a four-inch forced sewer main to Edith Lane, which will cost them $70,000. Four- to six-inch forced mains will run throughout the subdivision, at a cost of $75,000. A wet well volume increase will cost $25,000, and an eight-inch to 10-inch gravity sewer, $30,000.
The total sewer improvements will cost $200,000, according to Mitchell. In exchange for the public benefits Mitchell asked for a 10 percent density bonus. Density bonuses are granted to builders who make a significant contribution to the public. The Malta Town Board defines the benefit. In this case, a 10 percent bonus would bring the number of Lakeview Landing building lots up to 160.
The Planning Board approved the sewer designs and noted the forethought the developers showed. Several members expressed concern about the project’s concentration, however.
“I appreciate that Malta Land Company is taking measures to accommodate future growth,” said board member Kyle Kordich.
“If our goal is to maintain the rural character of the neighborhood, this density is problematic, however,” said board member Carrie Woerner.
“We’ve been on this project for a number of years now,” Rockwood said. “The town Generic Environmental Impact Statement and master plan anticipated this growth. We’re deviating a small amount for the benefits we’re getting.”
The board voted to pass the project along to the Town Board for further consideration.
During the public hearing which followed, Malta citizens expressed concerns about wetlands bordering the housing development, as well as about traffic on Route 9P.
“Who will be paying taxes on the undevelopable wetlands?” asked Judy Keller. “Malta has had a tendency to push these undeveloped parcels off on the town.”
Mitchell and Rockwood told her this was not the case. In April Malta Land Company proposed donating 200 acres of the property to the Town of Malta. The land, largely protected wetlands, would have been dedicated to the Malta Nature Preserve, which adjoins Lakeview Landing.
However, the Town Board declined taking over the property, which will now go to the development’s homeowners’ association as a buffer around the lots.
“We struggle with the Malta Nature Preserve already,” Councilman Peter Klotz said in April. “I think very little of this proposed land is usable.”
Relieved of the question of the tax burden, Keller then asked whether the nature trails on those wetlands would still be accessible to the general public. Mitchell said these paths would be on the homeowners’ land now, and thus only for their private use.
Keller’s final question involved the safety of her flowerbeds from trespassers as the neighboring development goes up.
“I don’t want people on my property,” she said. Mitchell assured her this would not be the case.
Joseph Syracuse and Bob Flanagan were worried about increasing traffic on Route 9P. The speed limit on the stretch of road by Lakeview Landing is 55 miles per hour. They would like it lowered to 35 miles per hour.
“Route 9P is a state road,” Rockwood explained. “The Town of Malta can’t make any changes to the speed, but I will write to the state Department of Transportation and recommend a lower limit.”
BY JENNIE GREY
Another administration building got the green light from the Malta planning board at the multi-billion dollar chip fab technology project in Luther Forest Tech Part.
“We’re not just running a factory,” said Steve Groseclose, GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ director, risk management, sustainability, and real estate. “We’re an integral part of a global business.”
At the Tuesday, March 15, planning board meeting, Groseclose and his team presented their plans for a second administration building at the Luther Forest Tech Campus site, 400 Stonebreak Road. This building will be one of a projected series of planned amendments, according to the team.
“Our business plan worked,” Groseclose said, summing up the company’s time in Malta thus far. “We’re ramping up the factory as quickly as we can. What’s new: We’re moving forward in administrative office space.”
Matt Jones, a partner at Jones Ferradino, explained the planned layout of the second administration building. The three-story, 221,000-square-foot building will be V-shaped, situated adjacent to Administration Building 1, now under construction. The footprint will be 84,000 square feet.
“We’ve done this for utility and aesthetics,” Jones said. “We are remaining faithful to the development plan.”
He showed a PowerPoint presentation of timelines, artist’s renderings, and under-construction views.
Ed Garrigan, C.T. Male’s chairman of the board, chief information officer, and vice president for survey and land services, also spoke for the GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ team.
The new administration building will house 490 people initially, Garrigan said, with more being phased in. The onsite construction-worker count is now 1,350, which should continuously decrease, he said. The company expects 675 workers as labor begins on Administration Building 2.
All utility systems now in place are capable of handling the site’s capacity, Garrigan said.
Malta town engineer Joel Bianchi expressed some concern about storm water drainage at the site. He said this could be overcome relatively easily, however, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is interested in helping mitigate any problems.
The planning board voted to approve the site plan with the condition that GLOBALFOUNDRIES work with the town and the DEC to settle the drainage issue.
In other business, the Adirondack Trust Company proposed plans for a branch at 30 Round Lake Road, building on two adjacent parcels. Michael Toohey, attorney with Snyder, Kiley, Toohey, Corbett, and Cox, presented for the bank.
On the larger parcel, Adirondack Trust plans to build a 2,400-square-foot branch with a four-lane drive-through. On the smaller one, the bank would construct a single-story, 5,000-square-foot professional building. Green space and landscaping would be a major part of both locations.
“This will be a very innovative and environmentally sensitive bank,” Toohey said. “We want it to be a showplace bank for the Adirondack Trust Company. No noise, fumes, or light will spread from the site.” He stressed the site plans would follow the Downtown Master Plan’s guidelines for the Hamlet.
Previously, the Planning Board had expressed concern about the bank’s two proposed entrances/exits onto Round Lake Road. Members thought the increased traffic would add to an already problematic area. The new Country Knolls plaza is intended for 45 Round Lake Road, with the projected Hannaford slated for the west end, at the southeast corner of Round Lake Road and Chango Drive.
“Traffic is a critical issue,” said Caleb Stratton, town planner.
To alleviate this, the bank’s team redesigned the driveways so that only one connects with Round Lake Road. The other connects with Ruhle Road.
“The single entrance/exit on Round Lake Road is a vast improvement,” Bianchi said.
Stratton noted this traffic corridor is currently under examination by the Malta Town Board and the Chazen Companies. He said Adirondack Trust would have to do specific mitigation to improve the intersection at Round Lake and Ruhle.
Stratton said the funds will go toward a joint municipal venture to study and improve traffic conditions.
Both Stratton and Bianchi emphasized the road in question is a county road. They thought the county should be involved in the traffic analysis.
The Planning Board agreed and left the matter for Adirondack Trust