CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — Officials with Clifton Park-based MJ Properties joined with representatives from the U-Haul Company and Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) last week to break ground on the first of many planned projects in the firm’s Synergy Tech Park.
The 155-000-square-foot U-Haul facility is the first company in the Tech Park project.
After developing, building, and leasing 300,000-square-feet of space in Fairchild Square Mark Rekucki and his family, as MJ Properties, set their sights on buying up multiple, individually-owned parcels totaling the 200 acres that make up Synergy Tech Park. The land is between the Northway and Route 9 and north of Kinns Road.
The project is in line with SEDC’s research which identified strategic, shovel-ready site development like the Synergy Tech Park as a key priority of its five–year strategy to attract, retain and grow regional commercial investment, jobs, wages and tax base.
MJ Properties has invested $18.2 million to develop Synergy Tech Park and promote it with SEDC to attract corporate, commercial, service and light industrial users.
The Sept. 26 ground breaking drew representatives from the three participating entities as well as the leaders of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County and the Saratoga County Chamber, members of the business community and several local elected officials.
“There couldn’t be a better group for us to announce and share this event with,” said SEDC’s Tori Riley. “Getting this project activated comes from a lot of effort. It’s a team sport and comes after partnering with MJ Properties, town and county officials, NYSEG, as well as the Clifton Park IDA.”
Clifton Park Supervisor Philip Barrett who chairs the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development Committee couldn’t have been happier to see the park get its first corporate tenant.
“I want to congratulate Mark and his team and (U-Haul Area district Vice President) Levi (Parmerter) and his team for getting to this point with tremendous new investment in Clifton Park and Saratoga County,” Barrett said. “Attracting private sector investment is so very important to every municipality.
"We all want low taxes, we all want well-funded schools, and to be able to offer first class services to people of all ages in our communities, and it’s private sector investment that allows us to get there, to be successful in accomplishing all those goals.”
Barrett said the Park is a new area of opportunity for Clifton Park and Saratoga County and will mean as much to the county as the town.
Parmerter, a Clifton Park resident, said the company liked the site’s location near Route 9 and the Northway as well as the vibrant population growth of the county.
“This site will have a full line moving and storage center and be convenient for the do-it-yourself customers who are locating in the community,” he said. “There will also be 900 climate controlled storage rooms available here as well as our U-Box moving and storage solution.”
Parmerter said he expects the facility to open in 2020.
In his remarks on the project Rekucki gave a brief history of how the company was formed by him and his wife in 1985. In 35 years the company has developed 1.5 million-square-feet of space in the Capital Region, most of which was in Saratoga County.
“We’ve been looking at this site for quite a while and five years ago began acquiring the parcels,” Rekucki said. “We have 200 acres and we can build over a million-square-feet of space. But, we wouldn’t be here, at this point now, without U-Haul’s participation.
"We appreciate them taking a chance on us and being the first company in the park.”
He said the company is going before the Clifton Park Planning Board soon to seek site plan approval to construct two buildings in Phase II of the tech park. He added that he’s spoken with Costco, UPS, Amazon and AAA Auto about coming to the Tech Park.
“We talked with Amazon and nothing was firm, it was just talk, but the point is you put it together, you advertise and people call you. It’s in Saratoga County, it’s close to the Northway, and there’s good visibility, he said.”