continued “This is what we’ve been talking about for two years in our town departments,” Koetzle said. “We are trying to reallocate staff so that we become more efficient and we are able to meet the demand of each individual department utilizing resources from other departments.”
To spur economic development, the town is looking to develop a marketing plan and form a Local Development Corporation using $580,000 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds from the Community Development Block Grant.
“We are competing against other towns for business and if we don’t have marketing plan then we are not going opt be able to go out there and position ourselves correctly,” Koetzle said.
Town officials are also focusing on the recently closed Friendly’s restaurant, which Koetzle anticipated would have a new tenant “quite quickly.”
“It is a valuable corner across the street from a new Target and I think it is going to be very attractive to somebody,” he said. “Target will springboard new development.”
Target is still planning to meet its planned October opening later this year, according to town officials.
Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant said the only concern he has about the former Friendly’s property is the leasing price, which he said is “a little on the high side.”
“Hopefully it will not be another Kmart that lasts a while before it gets taken care of,” Boulant said. “I understand there is some national chains that are interested and also though there is half a dozen business owners in the food service business that have called me regularly.”