CLIFTON PARK – A proposal by Paul Rogan to build an indoor-outdoor sports facility on Route 146A is on his way back to City Council.
The project would be smaller in scale than Rogan’s closed 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 next to Players Park, a mini-golf and Footgolf business with an ice cream parlor.
Footgolf is a football-related sport in which balls are kicked from a tee down into holes that are 3 to 4 feet in diameter. Rogan said the sport has not yet taken hold of the region.
The city council referred the proposal to the planning board for an opinion, but the planning board could not reach an agreement on whether the plan should be approved with or without conditions or simply rejected.
This was after Rogan appeared before the planning officers along with his representative from Chazen Engineering, Andy Redick, and one of the owners of Players Park, Fernando Bruno.
The city council will hold a public hearing on the proposal on 14 February.
Rogan proposes to disrupt eight acres of the project to build an approximately 45,800 square feet – approximately one acre – steel encapsulated grass field facilities.
The plans also require about 1.75 hectares of outdoor training and artificial turf pitches for multisport with nearly an acre paved for a parking lot.
The indoor facility, which would be built similar to an airport hangar, requires a zoning change.
The facility would not be full service. No food will be served, but there will be vending machines, an office and toilets, Redick told the Planning Board recently.
The plans call for the addition of 129 parking spaces to the existing 55 parking spaces that the proposed sports facility would need during busier times during the winter months, when the mini golf business is closed, according to the project plans.
The plant would use an existing well, but sewer lines would be replaced according to plan.
Rogan owned the Sportsplex of Halfmoon along with his father and others. It was an approximately 76,000 square meters, two-storey building with concession stands.
Precision Valve Automation bought the building that Sportsplex from Halfmoon had rented, according to Rogan.
There has since been a “big vacuum” for an indoor turf in the Clifton Park area, Rogan said.
The facility would be available for rent to Shenendehowa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Ballston Spa and Niskayuna schools as well as other local sports organizations, according to Rogan.
The owners also plan to run indoor football leagues.
But according to feedback from Steve Myers, the city’s director of construction and development, “Rogan’s proposal appears to be a significant increase in the use intensity of the area.”
Also, a representative of the developer of the proposed 208-acre Eagle Crest Plantation, which is close to the project site, said Rogan’s plan is not compatible with an adjoining preserved residential zone prohibiting facilities such as the one he proposes.
Furthermore, no public benefit is incorporated into the project, such as permanently preserved open space, public paths, and protection of environmental properties, the developer’s analyst said in written comments to the board.
“The project is not well suited for placement in a district that is to complement and harmonize with the traditional, open, rural, forested agricultural, natural and environmental resources, low–intensity residenthel and village resources, agricultural areas and working landscapes, and scenic views and resources as valued by the community in Western Clifton Park,“Was the analysis.
But Rogan downplayed the potential impact of his proposal on the neighborhood.
“It’s on a state road and what we’re proposing to do is convert an existing sports business – the nine-hole Footgolf business – that already has lights in the fields and runs until 10am at night.”
Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.
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