Former Steinbach's to be demolished

The setup is preferred by shops and shoppers alike, said Clifton Park Center General Manager Susan Keegan.

"It's convenient and comfortable for people, they can just pull right up to where they need to go," she said.

Setting the boundary of the new string of stores back will along eateries to provide sidewalk cafes, as well.

With just a few tenants signed on and locations still available in existing Clifton Park Center spaces, some might imagine DCG's expansion as highly optimistic. Keegan agreed her company's actions defy current retail industry standards, but said Clifton Park is the place to make those changes.

"We have a lot of hope and we know the economy will turn around," she said. "We know that Clifton Park Center is really a gold mine, and we owe it to our community to give them the shopping they want."

With fewer construction projects to be had, many developers are also finding that building costs are a lot lower than in years past.

"I think you're at a point where you have to do something," said Eaglestone. "If there's a time to be doing something, now's the time to do it."

There is no hard timetable telling when the new project will be completed, though Keegan said that Chipotle is expected to be in business sometime in the fall.

DCG is also moving forward with plans to bring a five-story hotel to the center. Eaglestone declined to name the franchise, but predicted it will make an announcement in the near future and that the project could be moving into the next stages in early 2010.""

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