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COLONIE: George's Market proposes new site

The existing operation has 22 greenhouses and an 800-square-foot office, said Vogt.

The family is refining the operation and cutting out the wholesale because "there is no money in it anymore," he said.

The proposal for the new market struck a chord with town planners, who praised its high design standards and adherence to the town's new comprehensive plan.

That was the intent, said Vogt. The point was to please as many as possible, to assure future business and a quick trip through the often lengthy planning proceedings. The hope is to have the new cash registers ringing by April 1, 2008, the opening day of the market's season that extends to Dec. 24.

"I'm very pleased with the design, and I'm familiar with the business, living across the street from them. I've been doing business with them 50 years," said George Holland, planning board member.

Board member Bill Herman reiterated the comments, adding that the market was a "good fit" and transition between the residential areas to the north of the proposal and commercial development off Wade Road Extension to the west. As part of the plan, George's Market will straddle Sparowbush Road, with farming operations to the east, and its greenhouses and retail center on the west side of the road.

It's an ideal location for business, with lots of exposure, Vogt said. That raised some traffic concerns with neighbors of Omega Terrace, especially as the Route 7 sector continues to grow and a state redesign is scheduled to begin next year. Sparrowbush Road provides a through route to Route 9 from Route 7, bypassing the often-congested bridge over Interstate 87.

Planning board members agreed to pass traffic concerns on to the town's highway safety committee while the Vogts move forward with their plans. Even though traffic is a problem in the area, most all of the residents who raised concerns welcomed the new market and were glad to see the Vogts keeping their family business in Colonie.

The Vogt family, which includes Buddy, his wife, Cathy, and son George IV, 15, thanked them for the support.

"I think it looks great, and I think we are going to succeed (at the new location)," said George IV. "I grew up on the farms. I enjoy every minute of it, and I don't plan on doing anything else.""

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