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Walgreens eyes Glenville location

As Walgreens is walking away from Rotterdam, they are now looking to build in Glenville.

They are looking at an area on Route 50 that was originally supposed to be a main-street type plaza proposing to locate a new store at a shopping plaza. Developer Thomas Burke bought the $1.53 million property from Nigro Companies in the spring, according to town developer Kevin Corcoran.

Corcoran said the proposed site on Route 50 was originally going to house Panera Bread, a bank and other shops.

"The original thought was to construct a building that would give an old time main street feel. Panera Bread backed out for financial reasons, but we still are planning on a bank," said Corcoran.

The property is considered a hot spot because it is located directly across from a Price Chopper plaza. Walgreens will serve as an "anchor" store according to Burke, who plans to build the store which could stand at just less than 15,000 square feet.

Corcoran said he does not anticipate any problems with Walgreens backing out as they recently did in Rotterdam. The owner of that building vacated 14 small business owners and is now left with an empty building.

"We are confident Walgreens sees Glenville as a promising location for a store," said Burke.

The project will have to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals because any expansion of an existing gravel mine in the rural residential/agricultural district requires a conditional use permit.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Monday night, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. to further discuss the proposal. They will also be looking a request from Greeno Industries Inc. for a variance to construct a 9,750 square foot addition to the rear of the existing structure for the purpose of materials storage. The land is currently zoned for community business at its north side location of Route 5, just a few hundred feet west of the intersection of Route 5 and Valley Road Extension.

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