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COLONIE: George's Market proposes new site

After 116 years in business, the thought of closing George's Market was briefly entertained for about a month.

In December, shortly after finalizing the sale of the family's 43-acre farm on Troy Schenectady Road near Audrey Road to state police for more than $10 million, family members sat down and discussed their options.

The family had been approached several times in the past to sell the property, but the state police deal came at the right time and with the right price. State police will be building the new Troop G headquarters at the site.

Family members, who have until January 2008 to be off the farm, were giving up the childhood home of George Buddy Vogt III, the current business patriarch, and more than a century of family memories.

The next generation of Vogts, who would have inherited the farm, eventually expressed an interest in keeping the family business alive, and at a Tuesday, July 17, planning board meeting, town residents were glad to hear it.

The market sells fruits, vegetables, trees, shrubs and supplies for landscaping and gardening. Many residents at the meeting, including planning board members, have been going to George's Market for as many as 50 years.

"There was some family discussion, but my son shows a lot of interest in it. That's why we are doing this. Truth be told, I want to do it to. I've never had another job," said Buddy Vogt, after receiving concept approval from the board on a new farm and greenhouse operation in town.

The Vogts pitched the idea of developing a two-parcel, 11-acre site at the intersection of Wade Road Extension and Sparrowbush Road. The new site is an intentional downsizing from the previous farm, said Vogt.

The design includes a new, 11,760-square-foot greenhouse and garden center with attached office space, eight new greenhouses and a 3,200-square-foot storage facility.

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