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Saratoga Springs in middle of affordable housing boom

January 14, 2019 06:55 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The work being done near Washington Street and West Avenue is music to the ears of the Saratoga Springs City Council. When it's finished, there'll be more than 150 units of affordable housing.

This follows years of discussion and debate about how to get developers to build apartments that people in the service industry can afford. The city council even considered a law that would require developers to include a certain number of affordable units whenever they build.

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"We have a lot of people working here in our restaurants, our hospitals. A lot of other people here, they can't live here," said Mayor Meg Kelly, "It's too expensive."

Kelly says those days are about to end.

There are a half-dozen projects under construction or in planning in the city that could result in 700 new units --100 on land where the Saratoga Diner stands. That project is being called the Link at SoBro.

Sixty-three new townhouses and apartments are planned behind Stonequist Apartments, called Promenade at Saratoga. One-hundred more are proposed for land owned by Saratoga Casino Hotel.

"It's a real exciting time that people can now live and work here," said the mayor.

Kelly's colleague, Accounts Commissioner John Franck, says it's too early to celebrate.

"No, absolutely it's not solved. I think if anything, it's worse."

Franck says the city could use double the number of affordable units that are currently under construction or planned.

"I don't think you can have enough workforce housing in the city," Franck said.

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Mark Mulholland

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