Lt. Gov. Hochul visits Spa City; YMCA proposed expansion up for review; New CDTA routes set

On a tour of the region Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited the Death Wish Coffee Company in Round Lake – whose business increased 300 percent in the first hour after their advertisement ran during Sunday’s Super Bowl – and stopped for lunch with city Mayor Joanne Yepsen at Pizza 7 on Caroline Street, before heading north to spend the afternoon in Glens Falls. Tuesday marked National Pizza Day, and the Saratoga Springs stopover during a tour of area small businesses provided Hochul an opportunity to reminisce about her high school years working at a pizzeria in Erie County, as well as don a chef’s apron and gloves and showcase her pizza-making talents.

The Planning Board will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Applications under Consideration:

- YMCA proposed Expansion, 290 West Avenue, Site plan review for a 17,000sf facility expansion in the YMCA Planned Unit Development (PUD) District.

- Rite Aid Development, 90 West Ave and 242 Washington Street, Site plan review for a 14,368 sq. ft. retail building with a drive-in establishment in the Transect-5 (T-5) District.

- Trifecta Subdivision, 136 Lincoln Avenue, Subdivision review for a two-lot residential subdivision in the Urban Residential – 2 (UR-2) District.

- Benton Subdivision Advisory Opinion ZBA, 58 Fifth Avenue, Advisory opinion to ZBA on a two-lot residential subdivision in the Urban Residential-1 (UR-1) District.

A live auction of work by local artists and reception will take place 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at The Saratoga Marketplace, 454 Broadway, to benefit Shelters of Saratoga. Tickets are $10 and available online, or at the door. For more information, go here:

Residents of 133 apartments at Jefferson and Vanderbilt terraces facing a loss of public transportation under CDTA’s proposed preliminary can rest easy, for now. CDTA will maintain that service as well as increase service to downtown, and add routes to the section of Route 50 that leads to Wilton, Washington Street. Eliminated from existing service will be a large segment of Lake Avenue stretching from East Avenue to the Northway, Weibel Avenue, and a large part of Jefferson Street, reports the Times Union.

The new routes will kick-off in the spring. For more information, visit CDTA here: