GLENVILLE Glenville officials met some key economic development goals in 2011, but efforts to increase shared services and possible consolidations are taking longer to ferment.
Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle is looking back at the goals established in the town’s 2011 Strategic Plan in planning for the coming year, and he’s touting progress in strengthening commercial corridors. Koetzle is also hopeful more opportunities for shared services with the Village of Scotia and Schenectady County can come to fruition.
Redevelopment of the former Kmart Plaza was a key focus for the town and Koetzle was happy to see one of the larger vacant properties see redevelopment.
“That was our primary focus for this year, so we are pleased that can be checked off the list and see the progress that is happening in the town center,” Koetzle said.
Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant said the Target project was going on for years and many people were involved in helping move it along. Also, he said once Target opens its doors, the town should receive a boost in development.
“Once Target opens up I firmly believe it is going to open up more avenues,” Boulant said. “Once it happens, I think you are going to start to see other things take shape.”
Town officials are looking into creating an economic development corporation, similar to an industrial development agency, to help spur future investment in the town center and commercial corridors. This was a goal of the 2011 plan.
“We are making good progress on that front,” Koetzle said.
Boulant said the current administration and town employees are all focused on economic development and have worked well together to achieve goals.
“We want Glenville to have a reputation for being user friendly for businesses and developers,” Boulant said. “I think we got the attention of the surrounding communities and the developers and business owners.”