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Socha’s plaza expansion progresses

Glenville planners favorable of plan, but variances still needed

An updated artist rendering show the proposed design for Socha Management’s new mixed-use, three-story building in Glenville located adjacent to Socha Plaza on Route 50.

An updated artist rendering show the proposed design for Socha Management’s new mixed-use, three-story building in Glenville located adjacent to Socha Plaza on Route 50.

— Once Socha Management gets past some red tape, a key economic corridor in Glenville is set for another new development.

The Glenville Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, Aug. 13, was scheduled to vote on the final site plan review for Shady Lane Realty, LLC, to construct its new three-story mixed use building on the 9.8-acre Socha Plaza property located on Route 50 in Glenville, but there was a slight bump in the process.

Before the commission could give final approval, the developer must receive the necessary variances from the town Zoning Board of Appeals, which is scheduled to meet on Monday, Aug. 27. Variances needed include the building’s height, lighting and a set back where Socha is essentially asking itself to impede on its own property.

Gavin Vuillaume, landscape architect for Environmental Design Partnership and representing the developer, said he believes the zoning board will approve the variances. A county referral not being sent before the zoning board’s previous meeting delayed the process.

The three-story, 60,000-square-foot building is planned to hold a variety of uses and will be designed to hold retail, offices and corporate apartments. Socha Management is planning to invest around $9 million in the facility, which would be located in open space between Socha Plaza and its professional building Socha Plaza South.

Company President William Socha previously expressed interest to offer an established local restaurateur space at the building, too, based on feedback from community members.

The three uses would have 132 parking spaces at the site, allowing for ample parking, Vuillaume said. The existing entrances would be maintained and improvements are planned for the entrance to Socha Plaza at the streetlight. A pedestrian walkway would also adjoin existing facilities and residences.

“We’ve really come to a really good layout here that I think the planning board and the zoning board are comfortable with,” Vuillaume said. “We feel that it is a nice added benefit to this project that we are starting to begin to link some of the other areas of the site to this location.”

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