Grateful to companies that back smart growth
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Clifton Park is fortunate to have a corporation like Price Chopper redevelop its shopping area at the intersection of Route 146 and Vischer Ferry Road instead of abandoning it and constructing a new Market 32 store on undeveloped land. This is very rare, because most businesses simply move out and leave an empty building to be demolished or repurposed by someone else.Further, Price Chopper is sharing the area with other businesses, i.e. a pharmacy, a barbershop, a restaurant and a bank. It’s noteworthy that some of these businesses are locally owned and are invested in the community. Many big, corporate stores headquartered elsewhere do not allow other businesses to share their space and rarely use smart-growth principles to rejuvenate old and tired retail areas.Another locally owned business, DCG builders, has dramatically transformed the Clifton Park Centre shopping center at Exit 9, making it a more pleasant area to shop. The company has also recently revamped its office buildings along Route 146. It is encouraging to see these companies employ smart-growth principles in our community, and I thank them.Frank BerlinClifton ParkThe writer is president of the Friends of Clifton Park Open Space.More from The Daily Gazette:High-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?