Two Companies Propose Multi-Use Buildings With Parking, Housing, Shops Off Broadway

October 7, 2015

This rendering shows the 'promenade' area of the proposed Highrock Village on the spot where city-owned parking lots between Maple Avenue and High Rock now exist. Housing is on both sides.


Two groups--a Syracuse-based development company and a Capital Region partnership-- have proposed multi-million dollar plans to build mixed-use projects on the city-owned parking lots along High Rock, Maple and Lake avenues in Saratoga Springs.

Both have presented plans to the City Council. Mayor Joanne Yepsen said she will try to set up a meeting this month--date to be determined by her planning staff--where representatives from both development groups will give a public presentation. It will be open to the public.

She said she will also form an internal technical review team that will go over the proposals. "We want to move swiftly," she said.

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Ceremony Marks Peak Of Hotel Construction Project At Saratoga Casino And Raceway Site

September 9, 2015

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In a Sept. 1 ceremony, the final piece of steel is about to be raised to the top of the steel frame of the new 117-room hotel being built at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, expected to open next year
Saratoga Casino and Raceway held a "topping out" ceremony on Sept. 1 for its hotel construction project.

Officials said the ceremony marked the project reaching its peak height, as the final piece of steel was erected to the top of the structure.

A group of over 75 attended the ceremony, including construction workers, casino employees and union officials. Owners and executives of Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management and Tishman Construction, an AECOM company, joined dozens of ironworkers in signing the final piece of steel with their well wishes for the project.
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American Pharoah's Economic Impact Is Felt Prior To His Defeat In Historic Travers Stakes

September 9, 2015

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American Pharoah approaches the starting gate with jockey Victor Espinoza aboard at the recent Travers Stakes. He was upset by Keen Ice, part owned by local businessman Steven Bouchey.

People flocked to Saratoga Springs on the last weekend in August to see the star athlete. All the daily newspapers in the region heralded the arrival from California of American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

Bound to continue his renowned three-year-old season by winning the Travers Stakes Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course, the horse drew tremendous interest in the region. Beyond the world of sports, the arrival of the horse who was undefeated in six 2015 starts had a big impact on the local economy--even though his winning streak was eventually ended late that Saturday afternoon by long shot Keen Ice, ridden by Javier Castellano.

Prior to American Pharoah succumbing to the race tracks reputation as the "graveyard of favorites," he made his mark.
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33rd Annual Summer Gala Raises $406,000 For The Saratoga Community Health Center

September 9, 2015

Saratoga Hospital's 33rd annual Summer Gala netted a record more than $406,000 for Saratoga Community Health Center, thanks to an additional donation of $25,000 from Boston Futures Group (BFG).

A major sponsor of the gala, the company made a second gift after the event, when BFG Director Diane E. Gilligan and Director of Corporate Giving Ashley M. Lake learned that the additional funds would break the previous record of $405,000, set in 2012, foundation officials said.

"We welcome the opportunity to have a greater impact," Gilligan said. "By helping Saratoga Hospital set a new record, we're focusing some much-deserved attention on the important work of the Saratoga Community Health Center. We're also raising the bar for next year, encouraging and challenging an already generous community to think even bigger."
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Business Expo Set For Oct. 1 At City Center; 146 Vendors From 50 Industries To Participate

September 9, 2015

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Attendees browse and network at last year's Business-to-Business Expo.
The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2015 Saratoga County Business-to- Business Expo on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

Chamber officials said it is its largest networking event each year. With 146 vendors this year, the Expo will be representing over 50 industries.

Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. to vendors and members. The general public will be invited to attend from 5-7 p.m. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members with a business card and $10 for the general public.
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Saratoga Kids Castle Is Restaurant Geared To Healthy Meals, Play Time For Children

September 9, 2015

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©2015 Saratoga Erika Borman, right, plays with her son Luke at Saratoga's Kids Castle, a new restaurant with an indoor kids' play center, as co-owner Sara Cummings looks on.
Saratoga's Kids Castle is a brand new restaurant with an indoor kids' play center that opened Aug. 1 in Congress Plaza in Saratoga Springs.

Offering daily play and healthy meals for babies, kids and adults, the cafe focuses on wholesome fun and food for the whole family, its owners said. Saratoga's Kids Castle is owned by F & C Development 1113 LLC, owned by two experienced local entrepreneurs, Sara Cummings and Patrick Fitch.

Cummings used to run a similar business in Clifton Park, and Fitch is part owner of Fitch Bros LTD, which owns Saratoga City Tavern on Caroline Street in downtown Saratoga Springs and the recently revived Kings Tavern on Union Avenue, across from the main entrance of Saratoga Race Course.
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New Owners Of Post Time Deli And Catering Hope To Bring Old-Time Feel To The Business

September 9, 2015

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©2015 Saratoga Suzanne Pratt and son Thomas MacDonald are part of the new ownership of Post Time Deli and Catering in Gansevoort, where deli sandwiches, soups, burgers and fries are among the offerings.

Long-time Gansevoort restaurant Post Time Deli and Catering is under new ownership. Husband and wife Bernard and Suzanne Pratt, along with their son Thomas MacDonald, assumed ownership of the deli in May under the company TogaTown Inc.

The eatery, located at 654 Saratoga Road in Gansevoort, has operated under several names, opening in 1984 as Cannone's Deli. Eventually the Kelley family took over the business and it was renamed to Kelley's Deli. The business switched hands again in 2009 and the name was changed to Post Time Deli and Catering.

The Pratts have been coming to the establishment for several years and for them, being owners of this restaurant brings back memories of family and friends.
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Serendipity Arts Studio In Congress Plaza Has Art And Cooking Classes In Relaxed Setting

September 9, 2015

©2015 Saratoga Patrice Mastrianni, left, owner of Serendipity Arts Studio, at a culinary class with chef Hayley Miller, center, of Saratoga Olive Oil, and Marsha Dolinsky, as a fundraiser for the Saratoga Hospital Foundation

The culinary and fine arts community has found a new place to flourish just off Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

Serendipity Arts Studio located at 26D Congress Street, in Congress Plaza, is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Patrice Mastrianni. Drawing upon her extensive background and experience as artist, teacher, former creative director for Golub Corp., and business owner, Mastrianni has created a space that offers culinary and fine arts classes--and parties--to people of all ages and all skill levels.

Mastrianni is no stranger to the downtown business and art scene. As the past owner of Creative Sparks Pottery on Phila Street and a former member of the Saratoga Downtown Business Association, She saw the need for a business that would respond to the high level of culinary and arts enthusiasm in the area. She created Serendipity Arts Studio to fill that need.
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Charitable Golf Tournament In Montreal Nets Nearly $20K For Franklin Community Center

September 9, 2015

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Kari Kushing of Franklin Community Center receives a check from a benefit golf tourney.
Franklin Community Center announced a partnership with Brookfield Renewable Energy Group.

Tom Uncher, vice president of operations at Brookfield Renewable, and Andy Davis, community relations, visited Franklin recently to present Executive Director Kari Cushing with a check for $19,436--a portion of the Northeast North America designated funds raised at the 11th annual charity golf tournament held at the Fairmount Château Montebello Golf Club in Montebello, Québec.

Proceeds raised at the tournament are then matched by Brookfield and are given out to nonprofit charities dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children throughout their regions of operation.
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Concord Pools And Spa Opens Facility At Exit 18, The Third Location For Local Company

September 9, 2015

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©2015 Saratoga Michael Giovanone, center, president of Concord Pools and Spa, views plans for the third facility at Exit 18 with Anthony Casale of Casale Construction, left, and project manager Ralph Moore

Concord Pools and Spas is set to open its third location this fall. The new facility is located at Northway Exit 18 Glens Falls. This opening follows the success of the company's other two branches in Latham and Saratoga Springs.

Michael Giovanone, company president and CEO, said he had noticed business growing in the Glens Falls and Lake George region. "We were installing 50 pools a year north of Exit 16," said Giovanone. "We had people coming from Glens Falls and Lake George just to our Saratoga Springs location ... There was a void for full-service, quality pool companies in the Glens Falls area."
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