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Town Board nixes proposed Clifton Park sports complex – The Daily Gazette – The Daily Gazette

CLIFTON PARK–The Clifton Park Town Board voted down a proposed sports complex off Route 146A Monday night, a unanimous decision that drew applause from residents inside the crowded meeting hall.

The plan had called for an approximately 45,800-square-foot — roughly an acre — facility, but residents have been vocal in their opposition to the indoor-outdoor sports facility, which would have been built near a conservation-residential zoning area in the western portion of town. About 8 acres of land would have been affected to build the new facility. That sports complex would have been a smaller version of applicant Paul Rogan’s now shuttered Sportsplex of Halfmoon on Corporate Drive, which was forced to close as a result of impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was very concerned about losing the livability of my home,” said Jackie Carrese, whose in-laws sold their property years ago to the town as part of Clifton Park’s comprehensive plan to keep the western part of Clifton Park “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 streams and ponds.

“That was the biggest concern was that one person comes in with a proposal and by changing the zoning laws, builds this big monstrosity, and our homes are ruined. So you’ve got to fight for it.”

Roughly 25 to 30 residences would have been directly impacted, said Robert LaBelle, who said his own property is the closest to the proposed site.

“Our major concern was it was going to totally change the character of the neighborhood. It’s a residential, agricultural neighborhood. This was a major commercial endeavor, and it just would not fit,” LaBelle said. “It was an ill-conceived plan. The site was too small to start with.”

The roughly $4 million project, adjacent to the Players Park mini-golf and footgolf business, would have included about half of a turf soccer field that would be enclosed for winter use for youth programs in soccer, lacrosse, flag football, and other sports.

Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said as the father of two boys who have played college soccer and another son who might follow the same path, he understands the importance of athletic facilities. But he said the proposed location simply wasn’t right.

“Since the Sportsplex closed, there is a definitive need for additional soccer facilities, particularly indoor,” Barrett said. “But this project would create significant impacts in that area. I think the impacts were so significant that it would be detrimental to that area of town.”

The Town Board previously 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, ultimately sending the proposal back to the Town Board, who killed the idea on Monday.

Andrew Waite can be reached at [email protected] and at 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.

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CLIFTON PARK–The Clifton Park Town Board voted down a proposed sports complex off Route 146A Monday night, a unanimous decision that drew applause from residents inside the crowded meeting hall.

The plan had called for an approximately 45,800-square-foot — roughly an acre — facility, but residents have been vocal in their opposition to the indoor-outdoor sports facility, which would have been built near a conservation-residential zoning area in the western portion of town. About 8 acres of land would have been affected to build the new facility. That sports complex would have been a smaller version of applicant Paul Rogan’s now shuttered Sportsplex of Halfmoon on Corporat…….

CLIFTON PARK–The Clifton Park Town Board voted down a proposed sports complex off Route 146A Monday night, a unanimous decision that drew applause from residents inside the crowded meeting hall.

The plan had called for an approximately 45,800-square-foot — roughly an acre — facility, but residents have been vocal in their opposition to the indoor-outdoor sports facility, which would have been built near a conservation-residential zoning area in the western portion of town. About 8 acres of land would have been affected to build the new facility. That sports complex would have been a smaller version of applicant Paul Rogan’s now shuttered Sportsplex of Halfmoon on Corporat…….

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