KeyBank fills Route 50 void

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Glenville officials have waited more than five years for a former fast food site to be filled, but now there is a different type of drive-thru.

KeyBank officials held a grand opening ceremony on Thursday, April 28, for its new Glenville branch located on 241 Saratoga Road next to McDonald's, which took years to sell the vacant lot of their former building. The new McDonald's building opened in the beginning of 2005 next to the former building and has remained vacant until KeyBank constructed its new facility. Since the fast food chain owned the land, they wouldn't sell it to any other food based business, since selling land to competition wasn't in their sights.

It was a deep restriction that it couldn't be food, so it became a little bit challenging to try and find a use for it, said Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle.

James MacFarland, director of operations for Glenville, echoed Koetzle's frustration.

"Because McDonald's owned the entire site they said, 'Well, we don't want a competitor here,' so it could be no food establishment or such and that is one of the main things through here," said MacFarland. "We had more limited development, but we are thrilled that KeyBank is here and that's great use of the property."

With Target also planning to move onto the former Kmart site across the street, the strip of Route 50 in Glenville has seen positive commercial development.

"The town has been on for some time now a business outreach program and I think part of that private businesses are starting to respond and look at Glenville as a place to come," said Koetzle.

The plans were finalized in early 2010 and construction began last summer, said MacFarland. He noted some people might think Glenville isn't the easiest place to work with, but changing that perception is a goal for the town.

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