To those of us living in Malta, NY, the Ellsworth Commons construction project is a monster we have been watching take shape now for well over a year. New neighbor and micro-chip giant GLOBALFOUNDRIES is obviously the driving force behind much of the development in Malta and will continue to be the impetus of growth here.
To many Malta residents, Ellsworth Commons is truly a monster; a terrifyingly large, out of place beast that doesn’t belong. To others, myself included, we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of restaurants, shops, boutiques, and a coffee shop that is long overdue.
Ellsworth Commons is situated on a large plot of land on Route 9, just north of the Shops of Malta (Price Chopper plaza). It is across the street from Malta Town Hall, and on the same land mass as the new CVS. (see map at end of this post) It’s a mixed-use development in the New Urbanist style. What does that mean? I spoke with John Zepko, Senior Planner with the Town of Malta and got the scoop.
“The idea behind New Urbanism is to build a walkable community that is less auto-dependent, uses space more efficiently and offers goods and services close by where you live,” Zepko said.
As of this post, there have been no official tenants announced, although residents have begun inhabiting some of the 312 luxury apartments.
In addition to the luxury rentals, Ellsworth Commons boasts 70,000 sq ft of retail and office space spread between four structures, and 22 brownstone-style townhouses.
Between Ellsworth Commons and CVS is another property owned by the same developers as Ellsworth Commons. While no tenant has been announced for that space yet, it is approved for a bank or restaurant. My vote would be restaurant for sure.
Access to Ellsworth Commons from the opposite side of Route 9 (where Malta Community Center is) right now is limited to one crosswalk all the way down at the new CVS on Route 9 and Kendall Way. Zepko assured my that they are working on a plan to manage the traffic and are looking to create medians, crosswalks and possibly a boulevard.
Unfortunately, Sandra, the property manager of Ellsworth Commons did not return any of my phone calls and is hopefully too busy filling Ellsworth with amazing tenants. Fingers crossed.
Ellsworth Commons in Malta is a massive project with the power to change things and perhaps turn Malta into a destination, not simply a pass-through en route to Saratoga Springs to the North or Clifton Park to the South.
I will continue to bring more updates on this project and others in Malta and the rest of Saratoga County that have an impact on local families.