Legacy Pickleball Club has found a new home for its dedicated pickleball club in a warehouse previously used by a moving company in Ballston Spa off of Exit 12.
Legacy had hoped to build the club from the ground up across from the Malta Drive-in, but after seven months of little progress toward an agreement with the site’s developer, Legacy general manager Michael Xirinachs found a new location.
The Ballston Spa site has more space for outdoor courts, said Xirinachs. (pronounced ZEER-i-nox)
“The spot gives us room for expansion,” he said.
Legacy plans to have four to five outdoor courts operational this summer and the indoor courts up and running by September.
The property is located off Exit 12 of the Northway (the Malta Med Emergent Care exit) and down the road from Curtis Lumber at 4 McCrea Hill Road off Route 50. It is listed for $2.7 million.
The warehouse was built in 2004 and has 175,000 square feet of space and 4 acres of land. The warehouse ceilings are a spacious 34 feet to 38 feet, plenty of room for monster lobs. It is in the same industrial park where the plumbing company F.W. Webb is located.
The warehouse was previously used by Mullin Moving and and Storage.
The property has space for 15 to 20 outdoor courts and 8 indoor courts, significantly larger than the number of outdoor courts planned at the Malta sight. The Malta site had a proposed 8 indoor courts in a 20,000 square foot building and 5 outdoor courts on 2.5 acres of land.
The site has space to expand as the demand for pickleball grows in the Capital Region.
It is also farther from residential homes, Xirinachs said. The Malta location would have been right next to a development of 68 duplexes. The Ballston Spa site has trees shielding the nearest homes.
The site plan has a players’ lounge in a raised area overlooking the indoor pickleball courts. The lounge will have a bar with products supplied by DeCrescente Distributing Company. There are also plans to add windows and garage doors to the warehouse and BBQ pits to the outdoor courts.
The outdoor courts will eventually be covered by a structure.
The construction company on the project, JAG Construction, is also a partner in the project. Xirinachs said the project has town approvals.
If the scene at East Side Recreation in Saratoga Springs is any indication, demand is growing. If you arrive later than 7 a.m. on a nice day, you will likely find 40 people on the 10 dedicated municipal pickleball courts and another 20 people waiting to get in a game.
Legacy will be 18 minute away.