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Citing desire to preserve nearby conservation land, Clifton Park residents oppose proposed indoor-outdoor sports complex – The Daily Gazette – The Daily Gazette

CLIFTON PARK – A procession of property owners expressed concerns to the Town Board on Monday about a proposed indoor-outdoor sports facility off Route 146A that’s in close proximity to a conservation-residential zoning area in the western portion of town.

Applicant Paul Rogan is proposing to disturb eight acres for the project, to build an approximately 45,800-square-foot — roughly an acre — facility.

Rogan said plans call for about half of a turf soccer field, which would be enclosed for winter use for youth programs in soccer, lacrosse, flag football, and other sports.

The project would be smaller in scale than Rogan’s shuttered Sportsplex of Halfmoon on Corporate Drive, which was forced to close due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

His latest proposal would be an estimated $4 million investment adjacent to Players Park, a mini-golf and footgolf business with an ice cream stand. Rogan said the ice cream stand would close if the project is approved. 

The Town Board had referred the proposal to the Planning Board for an opinion, but the Planning Board could not reach consensus on whether to approve the plan with or without conditions or to simply deny it.

Rogan has downplayed his proposal’s potential impact on the neighborhood, citing the existing mini-golf and footgolf operations. He said the footgolf business is already lit and operates until 10 p.m.

But nearby homeowner Jim Carreese of Ballston Lake Road said the footgolf business is minimal and didn’t run that late at night. Carreese said he saw as few as six people playing footgolf the past five years.

“There is no footgolf business,” he said, adding that the ice cream business, likewise, shuts down early in the evening, and over the last couple of years was a limited business.

Rogan’s proposal, Carreese said, would be a dramatic change, and the speaker suggested Rogan “should be a lawyer — because it’s a wonderful sales job of telling us what’s going on — and it’s actually not going on.”

His wife, Jackie Carreese, said the proposal would “forever change the environmental footprint of the area.” She also expressed concern about the project’s potential impact on their private well.

Jackie Carreese said she has lived on her property for 20 years with her husband and son.

Her husband had lived across from what is currently the Players Park since 1956. Her in-laws sold their property a few years ago to the town as part of Clifton Park’s comprehensive plan to keep the western part of the town “Forever Green” with agricultural and environmental lands protected from development.

The property they sold is now the Mooney-Carrese Forest Park that offers light use with walking trails, cross country skiing trails, as well as numerous vernal streams and ponds.

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Source: https://dailygazette.com/2022/02/14/citing-desire-to-preserve-nearby-conservation-land-clifton-park-residents-oppose-proposed-indoor-outdoor-sports-complex/

CLIFTON PARK – A procession of property owners expressed concerns to the Town Board on Monday about a proposed indoor-outdoor sports facility off Route 146A that’s in close proximity to a conservation-residential zoning area in the western portion of town.

Applicant Paul Rogan is proposing to disturb eight acres for the project, to build an approximately 45,800-square-foot — roughly an acre — facility.

Rogan said plans call for about half of a turf soccer field, which would be enclosed for winter use for youth programs in soccer, lacrosse, flag football, and other sports.

The pro…….

CLIFTON PARK – A procession of property owners expressed concerns to the Town Board on Monday about a proposed indoor-outdoor sports facility off Route 146A that’s in close proximity to a conservation-residential zoning area in the western portion of town.

Applicant Paul Rogan is proposing to disturb eight acres for the project, to build an approximately 45,800-square-foot — roughly an acre — facility.

Rogan said plans call for about half of a turf soccer field, which would be enclosed for winter use for youth programs in soccer, lacrosse, flag football, and other sports.

The pro…….

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