A Closer Look at Building Heights

Retaining Saratoga Springs’ Character & Charm

Broadway Streetscape, Saratoga Springs

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Empire State College | 2 Union Avenue | Room 126

Saratoga Springs is growing, which means increased development pressure on the city’s downtown area. Denser development in the “urban core” helps our community save on infrastructure costs, promotes energy efficiency, and protects surrounding rural areas and environmental resources from sprawl. But will this new development negatively impact Saratoga Springs’ quintessential historic character? How can we achieve our sustainability goals and preserve our city’s aesthetic charm?

Join us for a conversation about building heights in downtown Saratoga Springs, co-sponsored by Sustainable Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation (SSPF). Planner George Jacquemart of BFJ Planning will offer perspectives on how people react to building height, followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Local developer Sonny Bonacio, Bonacio Construction, Inc.
  • Local architect Matt Hurff, Frost Hurff Architects
  • Doug Kerr, Chair of the SSPF Advocacy Committee
  • Kate Maynard, Principal Planner for the City of Saratoga Springs

This event is free and open to the public. To learn more about our advocacy for sustainable development, check out our Housing & Urban Planning page.


Meet Our Speaker: Georges Jacquemart, PE, AICP

Georges Jacquemart is a founding prinicipal of BFJ Planning and directs the firm’s transportation practice. Mr. Jacquemart has over 40 years of experience in the fields of urban and transportation planning and traffic engineering. His areas of expertise include multi-modal transportation planning, transit planning, parking, integrating transportation and land-use strategies, pedestrian circulation and safety and traffic calming.  Mr. Jacquemart authored “Modern Roundabout Practice in the United States,” published by the National Research Council Transportation Research Board and co-authored The Roundabout Guide, published in 2000 by the Federal Highway Administration.  He is an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute and has taught and lectured at NYU, Columbia University, Princeton University and the University of Sao Paulo.

Mr. Jacquemart has a civil engineering diploma from the Federal Polytechnic Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland and  Master of Urban Planning from Stanford University. Mr. Jacquemart is a registered Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey and Luxemborg, and is a registered Civil and Traffic Professional Engineer in California. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Click here to read BFJ Planning’s study of building height in Saratoga Springs.


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