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New plans for Clifton Park's town center


CLIFTON PARK, N.Y.---Route 146 is a major thoroughfare in Clifton Park, right off exit 9 of the Northway, but also a large divider between retail shops and businesses.

"Route 146 is a state road, and we partner really well with the Department of Transportation, but we're not going to change Rt. 146 overnight," says Clifton Park's Town Supervisor Phil Barrett. "We're going to focus more on Clifton Country Road, where you get into the heart of the exit nine commercial area."

Barrett says one of the goals of Wednesday's public workshop was to shed light on how the town will focus on making automobile-oriented areas more pedestrian friendly.

"We want to have a diversity of property uses that compliment each other," says Barrett. "That works for the 50 square miles of Clifton Park."

Peter Fort has lived in Clifton Park for 40 years and says he sees a lot of potential for the town.

"Immediately feasible? No," says Fort. "But in the long-term, absolutely. I think what has happened is you have a town that has grown up in many segments, but the plans we're discussing for the future are now starting to bring those in together."

In addition to walkability, Barrett says there will be a focus on Clifton Country Road, making it more of a main street. In addition, plans were discussed of a future town hall, post office, sidewalk and pathway system and maybe even a museum.

Town officials say the bottomline is to capitalize on the gains of the town center and continue to increase the momentum of economic development.

"I think it points to the town's willingness to look and plan for the future," says Fort. "I think these plans discussed tonight were very impressive. But it's not going to happen overnight."

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