Round Lake Road Corridor Plan

South, Brown and South Division Streets – Streetscape Design

Luther Forest Technology Campus

Dix Avenue/Sagamore Street Intersection Evaluation

Lake George Route 9 Gateway Plan

Townwide GEIS

Dix Avenue Corridor Study

Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play

Round Lake Road Corridor Plan

Malta, NY

Saratoga County continues to be the fastest growing County in New York State. Much of this growth can be attributed to the area’s high quality of life and establishment of AMD/GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Increased traffic demand on local roadways has been problematic in some locations. One area of concern has been Interstate 87’s Exit 11 Round Lake Road corridor. Facing a 30% increase in traffic over the next decade, Malta asked Chazen to help prepare a complete streets plan for the corridor that would complement the area’s existing small-scale commercial and residential neighborhood characteristics.

Adopted as a comprehensive plan amendment, the Malta Round Lake Road Corridor Plan was added to the Capital District Transportation Committee’s (CDTC) Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), which is used to allocate federal transportation funding. Since being added to the TIP, the project was awarded $4.75M in funding. Portions of the project were also awarded $250,000 of Safe Routes to School funding. The plan included improved and expanded sidewalks, bike lanes (with access to the County’s Zim Smith Bike Trail), bus stops, planted medians, single lane roundabouts, controlled access and wayfinding signage. The project has since been designed and constructed, transforming this important roadway.

South, Brown and South Division Streets – Streetscape Design

Peekskill, NY

Chazen is currently working with the City for preparation of streetscape improvement plans for South, Brown and South Division Streets in downtown Peekskill. A detailed topographic and boundary survey has been prepared and Chazen is currently producing final design plans for the streetscape corridors. Highlighted elements of the project will include new curbing, pedestrian sidewalks and decorative surface treatments, new crosswalks/bump-outs for traffic calming, new pedestrian scale lighting, pedestrian signal upgrades, street trees, signage and street furnishings.

Luther Forest Technology Campus

Towns of Stillwater and Malta, NY

Chazen has been assisting the Saratoga County Towns of Stillwater and Malta with SEQRA and site plan review of a series of projects that now constitute approximately two-million square feet of manufacturing, R&D and administrative space and a $20 Billion investment and which is the largest construction/economic development project in the US.

Chazen worked with the Town Board of the Town of Stillwater to create a Planned Development District (PDD) for the Luther Forest Technology Campus (LFTC). The Campus is a 1,200-acre technology park in the Towns of Malta and Stillwater intended to attract microchip fabrication and related businesses. Chazen subsequently worked with Malta’s consultants to draft the scope for the project’s Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS), reviewed the GEIS and drafted the Town’s PDD for the project. Chazen was also instrumental in revenue sharing and infrastructure development negotiations between the Towns and the project sponsor. Infrastructure development included extension of water, sewer and power lines to the project site as well as road improvements, including several major upgrades and the construction of a new bypass from Northway Exit 11.

Chazen then began working for the Town of Malta (in addition to Stillwater). At that time Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) proposed to amend the PDD zoning in both Towns so that it could locate a manufacturing plant in the Park that would meet its specifications. Chazen prepared a supplemental GEIS (SGEIS) scope, reviewed the SGEIS and then worked with both Towns to amend their PDDs. AMD then agreed to locate in the Park. AMD subsequently spun off its manufacturing interests to GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Inc., which subsequently constructed the manufacturing plant.

When construction commenced, the Town of Malta requested that Chazen provide planning, engineering and construction inspection support to ensure seamless execution of the project. Chazen assisted the Planning Board in its site plan review of the project. The initial construction phase support included a project ombudsman who was responsible for monitoring overall project compliance with the campus planned development district regulations, SEQRA thresholds and local plan approvals and conditions. Chazen also assisted the Town in review of Fab 8.2 which added 400,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the campus.

Dix Avenue/Sagamore Street Intersection Evaluation

Glens Falls, NY

The Adirondack/Glens Falls Transportation Council (AGFTC), on behalf of the City of Glens Falls, tasked Chazen to perform an Intersection Evaluation for the unsignalized intersection of Dix Avenue and Sagamore Street/Walnut Street. The intersection was experiencing operational issues with traffic delays on the minor street approaches as well as conflicts with pedestrians and bicyclists on the Warren County Bikeway that crosses diagonally through the intersection. The assessment developed potential geometric and operational improvements to the intersection, aided by intersection operation analyses and a traffic signal warrant analysis. The geometric improvements included traffic calming curb bump-outs for the Dix Road approaches to the intersection, realignment of the pedestrian/bikeway crossing on eastbound approach of Dix Avenue, and new and/or relocated signing and pavement markings. Operational improvements included the installation of a traffic signal in the future after studying the effects of the geometric improvements.

Lake George Route 9 Gateway Plan

Lake George, NY

The Town of Lake George, with funding assistance from A/GFTC, retained Chazen to assist the community in developing a new vision for US Route 9, the gateway to this tourist destination, with the goal of transforming a sea of pavement to a Complete Street. The Vision Plan identified traffic calming measures including a planted median, mid-block pedestrian signals/crossing, permeable pavements, native plantings and other green infrastructure techniques. The Plan was successful in securing community support and over $7M in design and construction funding.

Chazen subsequently supported the project prime consultant preparing design documents and plans, specifications and estimates. Green infrastructure practices included the use of tree boxes fitted with infiltration systems to capture and treat all runoff from newly installed pedestrian systems. Tree grates also utilized non-conventional “flexi-pave”, a porous treatment. Landscape elements were developed to aide in traffic calming and create a gateway affect utilizing native species. Center island medians were utilized for traffic calming and to provide pedestrian refuge. The design process was expedited by NYSDOT in order to secure/retain capital project funding and maintain an aggressive/expedited construction schedule. Subsequent Chazen services included environmental screening in support of the design document, public outreach/meeting facilitation, stormwater analysis, design and permitting (SWPPP), and landscape architecture services.

Townwide GEIS

Town of Malta, NY

Chazen is currently working with the Town of Malta in preparing an update to the Town’s Townwide Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS). A draft update has been completed and is currently in the Town review process. The scope of work includes preparation of a buildout analysis utilizing the Town’s recently update zoning scheme, development of two alternate growth scenarios and preparation of a townwide traffic impact analysis examining 32 intersections and related highway segments. The GEIS will identify both traditional mitigation measures and alternate transportation strategies to accommodate growth. The GEIS scope also includes examination of the town’s recreation and open spaces resources, trails, and infrastructure. The GEIS includes an update to the town’s fee in lieu of mitigation measures.

Dix Avenue Corridor Study

City of Glens Falls and Towns of Queensbury and Kingsbury, NY

A/GFTC engaged Chazen to examine transportation and land use issues along the diverse Dix Avenue corridor. This 3.6-mile long corridor traverses the City of Glens Falls and the Towns of Queensbury and Kingsbury. The section within City limits general includes curbs and sidewalks and transitions to suburban and rural land use, lacking any pedestrian facilities. Planners were interested in developing realistic pedestrian improvements as well as examining historic growth projections completed in 2000 and contrasting those with observed conditions. The study evaluated nine intersections and divided the study area into three segments based on similar characteristic. Transit, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, pavement conditions were analyzed and an accident study was completed. Alternative recommendations for two key intersections were identified.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar Brothers Medical Center recently received approval for an expansion that includes a new inpatient pavilion in the southwest corner of the hospital campus. Totaling 696,440 gross square feet, the new addition will bridge Livingston Street, and house 264-private patient rooms, new emergency department, 30-critical care beds, loading dock, central plant expansion, interventional suite, conference center, café, helipad, and new hospital inpatient lobby. The new hospital campus will be developed into four distinct and separate zones – inpatient, outpatient, service, and emergency. Chazen completed a traffic impact study and parking study to identify the traffic and parking improvement needs of the expansion as well as full civil site design and SEQRA services.

Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play

Warren and Washington Counties, NY

Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play is a Glens Falls Hospital Health Promotion Center initiative that is funded by the New York State Department of Health. Chazen worked with the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play program to help promote complete streets initiatives throughout Warren and Washington Counties with resources to support the understanding and implementation of planning and design of complete streets.

Chazen conducted a series of hands-on complete streets workshops that focused on how select pedestrian and transportation improvements can facilitate healthy living choices and opportunities. Workshops were conducted in Warren and Washington County communities. Concept plans to address urgent needs were prepared for the Towns of Warrensburg and Kingsbury as well as the Village of Hudson Falls. The Town of Warrensburg also adopted updated street design standards and a Complete Streets policy as a result of the activities.