Curry Road Plaza bids linger

Two submissions hold vast price point difference; late bids complicate process

— The RFP requires bidders to demolish or renovate existing structures before redeveloping the property.

“We propose to redevelop the site as a retail/office/service plaza either by renovating the existing buildings or constructing new buildings or a combination thereof,” Columbia said in its bid redevelopment concept.

Columbia expects the site to check the interest of retailers, restaurants, service providers, medical offices, brokers and insurance agents.

Housing development was also proposed by Columbia, but it stressed this wasn’t a guaranteed because further analysis is required.

“There is a possibility that we may also want to develop senior or market-rate apartments at the rear portion of the site,” Columbia said in its bid. “This use may be hampered by the fact that there is an existing building on the site that is not owned by the town.”

The town had purchased the parcel from the Golub Corporation for $1, but it held the caveat that anything competing with Price Chopper couldn’t be developed at the site.

A deed restriction also requires a half-acre portion of the property to be used for commercial development, but the majority of the site could be used for commercial or residential development.

Buffardi said he is “anxious” for redevelopment to start at the plaza.

“This has been an eyesore on Curry Road for decades,” he said.

The Rotterdam Town Board is expected to vote on awarding a bid during its next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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