Sphere Development, LLC, New Scotland, New York
Located on a rural parcel on the outskirts of the City of Albany, the New Scotland Town Square envisions a Town Center style project utilizing retail/commercial mixed-use and architectural vernacular consistent with the historic character of the rural area. Saratoga Associates’ design focused around a core pedestrian esplanade reminiscent of a tree-lined farm lane that frames views to the distant horizon and the Albany skyline. Community recreation areas were also incorporated to provide access to a planned rails-to-trails project The outdoor spaces blended commercial, retail and open space uses with creative use of main and subordinate plazas, pedestrian scale streetscape, perimeter buffering, and quality hardscape and landscape elements.
The plan served as a basis for initiating the entitlement process and to fully incorporate the participation of local state and community leaders. Community residents were invited to participate in the process. Based on the scope and breadth, this process served to establish the project and is continuing through the entitlement process to ensure that both Sphere Development and the community work together to create a workable and meaningful environment.