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Troy planning commission approves new City Station North plan

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Troy planning commission approves new City Station North plan

TROY — The city planning commission last week approved a reconfigured site plan for United Group’s City Station North, now conceived as a four-story, 87-unit apartment complex with 40,000 square feet of Class A office space at Sixth Ave. and Congress St. The new project will supplant a large, vacant warehouse that once housed the Capital District Economic Opportunity Center.  

The latest design, first reported by the Albany Business Review in June and presented to the commission the following month, eliminates a 240-space parking garage and instead opts for a ground floor that largely consists of parking spaces—87 “covered” and 44 “uncovered.” Another 10 spaces will line a driveway that intersects Fifth Ave., and 20 more will be appropriated at one of the other City Station properties.

The new structure will not feature any retail space. United Group itself intends to occupy the top two floors of office space, company president and CEO Michael Uccellini said at the planning commission meeting on Aug. 23.

The developer is “already talking to major commercial tenants that are not in the city and bringing them to this project,” Uccellini said. “One’s a publicly traded company.”

The executive added, “Troy, in my opinion—it’s my opinion—doesn’t have brand-new, Class A office space. And it needs it.”

The commission approved the new site plan with two conditions: that a monument sign on Fifth Ave. be no taller than five feet and that the developer deploy at least two different species of street tree.

Uccellini did not respond to The Alt’s request for copies of renderings shown at the meeting last week.

During a presentation to the commission of an earlier version of the project, which featured the garage and only 65 to 70 rental units, the developer said that one-bedroom units would rent for $1,300 to $1,400 and two-bedrooms would rent for $2,500, according to March meeting minutes.

A January press release from Mayor Patrick Madden’s office said the project will feature “private balconies, granite and quartz countertops, washer & dryer units,” and a fitness center, among other amenities.

Construction will start next year, according to the ABR’s article from June.

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