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Remaining CZAC members release report

Liz Kormos and Michael Naughton, the two original CZAC members who did not resign after controversy surrounding a potential conflict of interest involving Kormos, released a report on Monday, Dec. 8, to the New Scotland Town Board recommending a 50,000 square-foot size cap on retail buildings, according to written information provided by NS4SED.

The Commercial Zone Advisory Committee no longer has the three members required for a quorum.

The recommendations also include and 100,000 square foot cap on retail shopping centers.

Kormos, a commercial real estate consultant, provided the board with a market feasibility study that states the limitations of development based on "demographics and shopping patterns in the Town and surrounding areas," according to information provided by the advocacy group New Scotlanders for Sound Economic Development. Kormos is a member of NS4SED.

"Since it is unclear whether the Town Board will replace the three members of CZAC that resigned and allow CZAC to complete its charge; Michael Naughton and I felt it was important that the Town Board see the analytical data that clearly shows that the proposed 100,000 sq. ft. retail building and a 350,000 sq. ft. shopping center is neither economically viable nor sustainable," said Kormos.

The study showed that the largest size big-box retail store that could be supported in New Scotland is 36,000 square-feet, based on a "community draw,"10-miunute drive. It states that 18,000 new homes would be needed to support a 10,000 square foot retail store. It also states that a "regional" draw would not be supported because, there are simply too many other regional drawing stores within a 15-minute driving distance with access to major arterial or interstate roadways.

Supervisor Tom Dolin said the Wednesday, Dec. 10, Town Board meeting could feature a discussion of the matter, but he is unsure at this time.

"I'm going to communicate with the board informally. It's very possible that it could be on the agenda, Dolin said. "I want to think about it; I want to read it first."

The report also showed that 16,000 to 46,000 square feet of grocery store space could be supported.

"This report shows not only does the Comprehensive Plan dictate that no regional shopping be allowed in New Scotland, but also shows us that such a venture is not viable nor sustainable," said Daniel Mackay, founding member of NS4SED.

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