New pizza place coming to Guilderland Center

The Bull & Basil Wood Fired Pizza

The Enterprise — Michael Koff
The Bull & Basil Wood Fired Pizza is slated to open in the now-empty home of a former yoga studio in Park Guilderland Plaza in Guilderland Center.

GUILDERLAND — A slice of pepperoni may soon pair well with a crisp microbrew

That’s because the Guilderland Planning Board at its Feb. 25 meeting approved a site plan for Bull & Basil Wood Fired Pizza to be located in Park Guilderland Plaza near the soon-to-be-open Mixed Breed Brewing, in Guilderland Center off of Route 146; the location was once home to a yoga studio

Craig Turnbull, the owner of Bull & Basil, moved with his family to Voorheesville about a year ago, having spent the previous two decades in the Detroit area. He graduated from Siena College in the ’80s and grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

For the past 18 months, he operated a mobile wood-fired pizza business, he told the planning board on Wednesday. 

And, since moving to Voorheesville, he has been cooking at various farmers’ markets and breweries in the area, and is now considering the opportunity to turn Bull & Basil into a brick-and-mortar business, he said.

“We have had great success, and a lot of folks who have asked, ‘Where can we get your pizza more frequently?’” he said. 

The special-use permit application now goes back to the zoning board for approval, and is on its March 3 agenda

Preliminary approval 

The planning board at its Feb. 25 meeting also gave preliminary plat approval for the 62-lot — 58 residential and four open space — cluster subdivision at 2745 Old State Road to be built by JTR Realty of Schenectady. 

The 58-home subdivision stretches over two parcels, together consisting of approximately 100 acres of land located in a residential single-family zoning district. About 34 acres of the site are to be permanently protected open space.

Three of the lots will be directly accessible from Fuller Station Road while the remaining 55 will be accessed from a new town road within the subdivision; the new town road will be accessible from Fuller Station and Old State roads.

The design of the 58-home subdivision is being proposed under the town’s cluster subdivision code requirements — with minimum lot sizes of 16,000 square feet and minimum frontage. The initial lot-size proposals were for 20,000 square feet with 100 feet of minimum frontage. About half of the planned lots are now smaller than when they were proposed in June 2020.

To receive final plat approval from the board, JTR has to get Guilderland’s town-designated engineer, its highway superintendent, the town’s water and wastewater superintendent, the Albany Health Department, and the state’s Department of Transportation to sign off on the project. 

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