Sphere announces Target as anchor for New Scotland project

"We haven't had a vote yet," she said of the cap size. "We have different numbers and different ideas on what the cap should be. We're still gathering information."

Robinson said the first opportunity the advisory panel has to have a public workshop will not be until the middle of September, and that is the primary reason the town may have to extend the moratorium.

The public workshop, scheduled for Sept. 17, will be open for input from property owners in and around the area, Robinson said.

"It's looking more and more like we're going to need to extend it," Supervisor Tom Dolin said of the moratorium. "We seem to be stuck on caps for square footage. I was hoping they would have moved beyond that."

Widrick said that a more in-depth study of an appropriate cap is needed before a number can be generated.

"For them to arbitrarily pick a cap without a full financial feasibility study; it's just like picking a number out of the air," he said.

He said there are private firms that specialize in generating appropriate numbers.

"It's basically pure economics," he said.

Kurt Wendler, the other managing partner for Sphere, said that if the company were to develop the land, other than the anchor store, the remainder of the buildings would most likely fall below the discussed cap.

Widrick and Wendler did commend Robinson for working so hard to keep the moratorium deadline and for her openness to the input of all the interested parties.

Dolin said local businesses have not been overly active in rushing to end the moratorium.

He attributed that mostly to a slumping economy. He also said that because buildings under 30,000 square feet are not affected by the moratorium, many businesses are still obtaining building permits.

Jeff Pine, code enforcement officer in the town's building department, echoed Dolin's sentiment.

"We haven't really had a groundswell of interest to develop the commercial zone," said Pine.

He said in 10 years, there have only been three developments that would have been affected by the moratorium if it had been in place.

After the public workshop in September, the recommendations that the property owners make will need to be reviewed by the town. ""

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