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One of the last remaining, active farms in Saratoga Springs will now belong to the community. Pitney Farm's well-known open fields and sporadically placed rustic, gray barns have become one of the most scenic backdrops within city limits.
While most farmlands are developed into commercial buildings and office space, the future for Pitney Farm's lands is looking lush and green. This past week, the Saratoga Springs City Council agreed to pay $1 million for the development rights to the farm, and there are some exciting potential plans in the works!
With Saratoga's continued growth, nobody is denying the growing need for downtown parking solutions. There is some disagreement, however, in the best way to go about adding it.
The City Center has proposed plans for a 5-story High Rock paid-parking garage to replace the free parking lot behind the City Center. With the capacity to hold 480 vehicles, this new $10.4 million structure would be single use, offering parking only, which many citizens feel doesn't make economic sense for Saratoga.
"We continue to look at our project, and are assessing the design and components to see what it is we can do to be responsive, if possible," City Center President Mark Baker was quoted by the Times Union. "What we have proposed to date is not the finished product."
Opponents of the current proposed plan argue a giant concrete parking garage and connecting pedestrian bridge over Maple Ave would be an eyesore misaligned with the historical integrity of the city when that space could be better utilized while still adding much-needed parking.
Citizens discuss High Rock parking at public forum, photo courtesy of Citizens for High Rock, used with permission
Opera Saratoga and Words After War, a literary organization, have partnered up to present an two-day writer workshop, at no cost, to civilians, veterans and military families. Accepted writers will have the rare opportunity to be critiqued by two renowned authors.
The writing workshop will be presented at The New York State Military Museum on July 11th and 12th and is being held in conjunction with Opera Saratoga's premiere of The Long Walk, an opera based on Brian Castner's memoir about war and the struggles of coming home.
All those with a passion for writing are invited to apply, whether you're a civilian, veteran, wife or husband of a soldier, a gold star child, or on active, reserve or guard duty,
At a crowded public hearing last week, many Saratoga residents, groups and racing enthusiasts gathered to voice their opinions on the planned developments at Saratoga Race Course, which are expected to total as much as $110 million over the course of a decade.
After brushing up on reports from various local news sources, including WNYT, News 10, Times Union and The Saratogian, it's easy to see a pattern; as one speaker so eloquently put it, "The devil is in the details."
While the speakers all had different concerns over these unprecedented developments, one prevailing theme rang clear: "Make necessary upgrades, but don't spoil what we love most about the track."