CLIFTON PARK – A proposal by Paul Rogan to build an indoor-outdoor sports facility off Route 146A is headed back to the Town Board.
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.
Footgolf is a soccer-related sport where balls are kicked from a tee into holes that are 3 to 4 feet in diameter. Rogan said the sport hasn’t yet taken hold in the region.
The Town Board 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.
This was after Rogan appeared before planning officials with his representative from Chazen Engineering, Andy Redick, and one of the owners of Players Park, Fernando Bruno.
The Town Board will hold a public hearing for the proposal on Feb. 14.
Rogan is proposing to disturb eight acres for the project, in order to build an approximately 45,800-square-foot — roughly an acre — steel-enclosed turf field facility.
Plans also call for about 1.75 acres of outdoor practice and multi-sport synthetic turf fields 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 restrooms, Redick told the Planning Board recently.
Plans call for adding 129 parking spaces to the existing 55 parking spaces, which would be needed by the proposed sports facility during busier times in the winter months, when the mini-golf business is closed, according to project plans.
The facility would use an existing well, but sewer lines would be replaced, according to the plan.
Rogan owned Sportsplex of Halfmoon with his father and others. It was an approximately 76,000-square-foot, two-story building with concession stands.
Precision Valve Automation bought that building, which Sportsplex of Halfmoon had leased, according to Rogan.
There’s since been a “huge void” for an indoor turf field 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 operate indoor soccer leagues.
But, according to feedback from Steve Myers, the town’s Director of Building and Development, Rogan’s proposal “appears to be a significant increase in the intensity of use for the area.”
Also, a representative for the developer of the proposed 208-acre Eagle Crest Plantation that is near the project site, said Rogan’s plan is not compatible with an adjacent conservation residential zone that prohibits facilities like the one he proposes.
Further, there is no public benefit incorporated in the project, such as permanently preserved open space, public trails, and protection of environmental features, the developer’s analyst said in written remarks to the board.
“The project is ill-suited for placement within a district that is intended to complement and harmonize with the traditional, open, rural, wooded agricultural, natural and environmental resources, low–intensity residential and hamlet resources, agricultural lands and working landscapes, and scenic views and resources as valued by the community in Western Clifton Park,” the analysis read.
But Rogan downplayed his proposal’s potential impact on the neighborhood.
“It’s on a state highway, and what we’re proposing to do is convert an existing sports business – the nine-hole Footgolf business – that already has lights on the fields and operates until 10 at night.”
Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.
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