Saratoga Springs City Center to resume construction amid shutdown of other projects

Mark Mulholland
Updated: March 30, 2020 08:04 PM
Created: March 30, 2020 05:48 PM


SARATOGA SPRINGS - The only sound coming from the construction site Monday afternoon was raindrops falling on idle machinery.

"If you looked around today, there is no one working," said Ryan McMahon, executive director of the Saratoga Springs City Center.

The $16-million parking garage that'll be connected to the Saratoga Springs City Center is at a standstill following an order from the Governor shutting down non-essential construction sent workers home on Friday.

The shutdown has a major impact on homebuilding, less so for some of the larger public projects.

In the Spa State Park, construction continued Monday afternoon on SPAC's $10-million concessions and restroom facilities project.

And crews were inside Saratoga Springs City Hall Monday afternoon.  Mayor Meg Kelly said they were buttoning up the renovation project to make it safe, and won't be back Tuesday.

Meanwhile, McMahon got word later Monday afternoon that his project is exempt because they are a government agency so they can get back to work.

It's not a moment too soon, with the lights off and the convention floor empty through at least April, they can't also afford to have the meter running on a stalled $16-million project.

"We will continue construction as soon as possible. It's vital to Saratoga Springs that this thing be up and operational as soon as Saratoga is ready to do business again," McMahon said.

Kelly said by text message Monday afternoon that construction of the new Geyser Road biking and walking trail can also continue because it's considered necessary for transportation and is therefore deemed essential by the state.

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