Caffè Lena / Bonacio project building goes in front of DRC; Family of missing local man offers reward

The City Council will host its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. In addition to the items we told you about HERE, Finance Commission Michele Madigan will also provide updates regarding Saratoga Hospital’s Planned Unit Development Amendment, and City Center Parking Deck Lease Negotiations. The new proposed Bonacio Construction project at 55 Phila Street will go in front of its first city land use board at 7 p.m. Wednesday when the Design Review Commission convenes at City Hall. Plans call for a 1,300 square-foot building which will feature eight residential units upstairs and commercial property at the street level. A proposed elevator will also be constructed that will be shared with Caffè Lena, next door. Last week, the café and Bonacio construction announced a deal that proposes the sale of the café’s paved lot – the address is 55 Phila Street – in exchange for a value balance, which includes the re-development of the music venue, of $500,000. Read more about the Caffè Lena proposal HERE.

The Wednesday DRC meeting agenda may be downloaded HERE.


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The family of a missing 68-year-old Frederick "Fritzie" Drumm is offering a reward for information that helps locate him. The ton of Saratoga resident was reported missing on Nov. 24 and there is no indication a crime was committed, the Times Union reports. Drumm’s family announced Monday it established a $5,000 cash reward fund for anyone who provides information directly leading to Drumm's whereabouts or to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for his disappearance.

Reminder - the all-important Saratoga UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) workshop takes place 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 4 at Empire State College, 2 Union Ave. Local residents, business owners and other interested stakeholder groups are encouraged to attend the community workshop is to collect additional public input and suggestions on potential changes to the city’s Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations. Read more here:


Missing Saratoga man Fred Drumm