Tractor Supply Company has plans to renovate the former Kmart space in Glenmont's Squire Plaza at the intersection of Glenmont Road and Route 9W.
The company presented some details to the town's planning board Tuesday, June 2, on its proposal to effectively cut off around 20,000 square feet of retail space and convert it into an outdoor showroom.
Mike Tucker from Infinigy Engineering was on hand to represent the applicants, who are working with Schuyler Companies development division, which co-owns and manages the plaza.
According to Economic Development and Planning Director Michael Morelli, the plans call for retaining around 20,000 square feet of retail space inside of the plaza, maintaining another 20,000 square feet of outside space for equipment sales and displays, and transforming another 11,900 square feet to be leased to another tenant in the plaza.
What they're basically doing is demolishing 20,000 square feet of retail space that would be left unfilled, he said, adding that the site was simply too small for a big-box store but too big for a smaller retailer, and this was a good solution.
The project is being considered an amendment to the existing 52,000-square-foot site plan, and it doesn't need any special use permits or variances to operate.
Tucker said Tractor Supply is willing to "assist with the pedestrian circulation within this area," by adding sidewalks along Route 9W to link to Glenmont Road, as well as other improvements.
"We've agreed to install a 6-foot high wall in the rear of the structure and extend the existing sidewalks," Tucker told the board.
Tractor Supply Company is proposing to use "split face block" on the facade of the building in order to match up to the existing structure to "bring it in more from the Wal-Mart look to the Target look," according to Tucker.