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Vista Technology Campus is becoming a reality

In months, field and woods turned to first phase of landmark project

A ShopRite grocery store is on schedule to open in the Vista Technology Park in late September, with more businesses to follow.

A ShopRite grocery store is on schedule to open in the Vista Technology Park in late September, with more businesses to follow. Photo by Marcy Velte.

Eight months after the groundbreaking ceremony took place to officially mark the start of construction at the Vista Technology Campus in Slingerlands, one building is nearly complete and work on four more structures has begun.

A mild winter was beneficial to the ambitious project, according to BBL Construction Vice President Jon DeForest. As of today, all utility lines have been installed and the sanitary sewer system, drainage and a pump station is finished. The construction of the road into the campus, Vista Boulevard, is in the final stages.

“We are proud of the work that has been done over the past several months,” said Deforest. “It’s coming along beautifully.”

A ShopRite grocery store in on schedule to open in late September, and with electricity and water available inside the building, the company has already begun to move in equipment and products. Work is also nearly complete on a SEFCU Bank branch, which will open in October.

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A ShopRite grocery store at the Vista Tech Park is on schedule to open in late September.

Deforest said construction of other buildings to the front of the site will not get in the way of shoppers come opening weekend. Soon, landscaping efforts will begin and signage will be installed to help customers navigate the campus. The other construction sites will also be spruced up.

“You won’t believe how much different this place will look in a few weeks time,” he said.

A 15,000-square-foot building with two stories is the next space on schedule to open in December. The building would house Cornea Consultants, an eye care and vision corrections practice currently located in Slingerlands. A Berkshire Bank is set to open in the first quarter of 2013.

In June, Cornea Consultants received a tax abatement of $351,000 in incentives and a 10-year payment in lieu of taxes agreement worth $134,000 by the town’s Industrial Development Agency connected to the move to Vista. The PILOT cuts 50 percent off taxes in the first year, which eventually diminishes to 5 percent by the 10th year of the agreement.

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