Malta Planning Board

Malta Planning Board Approves Hospital/YMCA, Fireworks

Malta Planning Board

Joe Valenti (left) faced a skeptical Planning Board on Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Grzelak.

MALTA – The Planning Board approved the construction of a hospital and YMCA facility during its meeting Tuesday.

The project will consist of a two-story building that combines a hospital on one side and YMCA fitness services for physical therapy on the other, with a shared atrium in the center featuring a daycare facility and café. The 29,000 square foot building will be located off Exit 12 of I-87, west of the interstate and north of Route 67.

The Planning Board also approved plans by TNT Fireworks to sell sparklers from a 20-by-80-foot tent in the run up to Fourth of July celebrations.

TNT Fireworks initially planned to operate from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 20 to July 5. The board requested these hours be modified so the company stays open no later than 9 p.m. during June. TNT Fireworks agreed to comply. The board unanimously approved the plan once the hours were addressed, as well as concerns about how the sparklers would be secured overnight.

The Planning Board also heard a proposal to expand Valenti Malta Apartments, which required a demonstration of public benefit for approval due to its location in an R1-zoned residential district. Joe Valenti proposed the construction of several 5-foot-tall binoculars residents could use to observe Saratoga Lake, but multiple board members deemed this insufficient. The project was unanimously rejected.

The Planning Board also rejected a proposal to construct a self-storage facility on  Raylinsky Road, but the presenter was asked to come back with more details on building materials and signage could be obtained.

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