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It may be some time before a new Stewart’s is built in Maltaville, judging by Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Malta Planning Board.
Tom Lewis, the real estate representative for Stewart’s Shops, appeared before the panel seeking a positive recommendation to the town board for the building of a store off the Route 67 roundabout at the southern entrance to the Luther Forest Tech Park.
The rationale, according to Lewis, is the area’s emerging prominence, with GLOBALFOUNDRIES‘ expansion in mind.
“It’s really getting harder to find locations that make sense to us,” Lewis said. Since 2002-2003, the chain has slowed down creating new locations from over ten a year to just one, he explained.
“If the location isn’t good, just don’t do it,” Lewis said, paraphrasing his company’s recent philosophy.
Stewart’s is keen on seizing the opportunity to fill a niche-to-be, as the Route 67 corridor is expected to see increased traffic in the future.
The company’s design for the new store is more expansive than the typical Stewart’s. Its gas pumps will be located back and away from the road, and there will be an Adirondack Trust bank connected to the shop which will act as Stewart’s tenant.
Inside the store, the bank will be able to be accessed through an interior entrance. At the February 27 town board meeting, when the idea was originally proposed, Lewis had also mentioned the possibility of charging stations for electric vehicles.
The planning board, while generally supportive of Stewart’s proposal, raised significant concerns regarding the process.
“It’s an area in the midst of change,” said board member Jean Loewenstein. In a sentiment echoed by others, Loewenstein said the area in question should be examined in light of its transitional nature.
Recognizing the area is no longer purely residential and that future development is likely, the board recommended it be considered for re-zoning to accommodate commercial development along the lines of Stewart’s.
The building of a Stewart’s could lead to a new water district being created, which would benefit the residents of the area, some of whom were at the meeting to voice their concerns and draw attention to their water issues.
According to residents, water is a continual problem, and a new water district would be a substantial benefit.
However, the planning board does not see the store as a possibility until more details are provided, and the town board now has to consider the issues. In the end, Stewart’s is still getting what they asked for: a positive recommendation.
Stewart’s also received approval to add an outside refrigeration unit to its existing shop at 16 Round Lake Rd.
In other planning board business, Satish Kumar returned to seek approval for his planned Comfort Inn at 2968 Route 9. Last month, the board soundly rejected his modified hotel designs, criticized his building materials, and gave him a month to examine the use of veneer brick rather than stucco.
Jeff Hazel, of Silvestri Architects, explained the design is back to using a majority brick design with fiber cement, even if it was just for an “aesthetic veneer.”
“We’ve completely eliminated stucco, right?” asked board member William Smith, making sure the hated material was gone.
This time around, after receiving confirmation that stucco was indeed banished, the design was approved unanimously without controversy.
Saratoga Medical at 560 Route 67 also received approval for adding signage to the side of their building to be visible from I-87.
The application deadline for the May Malta Planning Board Meeting is April 26, with that meeting to be held May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Malta Community Center.
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