By Maureen Werther
Abele Builders, a familiar name in construction and heavy equipment throughout the Capital Region for more than 25 years, is in the initial stages of approval for a proposed 57,000-square-foot office space in Clifton Park.
The site plan includes the construction of a three-floor building on five acres of vacant space on the west side of Route 9, just north of the Route 146 intersection.
“We are very motivated to move forward with this project,” said Joe Abele, who works in the commercial division and handles leasing and tenant relationships. He said Clifton Park needs a property that will attract those who work in the professional, medical, and high-tech fields, something he said is in short supply at this time in Clifton Park.
They based their decision to pursue this type of project on a number of different market analysis tools. In addition, Abele said his father and uncle, Chris and Ed Abele who run the company, “have been in this business for a long time, and they have a lot of skill and expertise. They are very aware of the types of commercial spaces companies are looking for in this area.”
As part of the proposal, the building will include a roof deck, which could serve as either a communal space or it could be part of the space for a top-floor tenant.
"All of this will be determined as we move forward with the project," said Abele.
He said they will construct office space and configuration to meet the needs of potential tenants and they envision making the building attractive to tenants that may require occupying an entire floor of the building.
"Again, we are very motivated to move forward with this project, but these things take time," said Abele. "Every project is different. You can never be sure of exactly how long the approval process will take."
Abele is working on this project with Keystone Architectural Services Inc. in Delmar. Keystone has worked with Abele Builders on other projects and they have been delivering design/build architectural services since 1992.