New use for district building closer to reality

Stram Center owners seek site plan approval to move to Adams Street

— Board member Kate Powers asked if Stram left the property and another business wanted to move in, would they also need to go through the same process. Planning staff said the zoning board has granted approval for professional office space. Anything else would need another variance.

The property at 90 Adams had been on the market since April 2012 when the school district opted to “moth ball” the building as a cost-saving measure. School’s Out, Inc,, an after school and summer enrichment program for children, had hoped to buy the property in order to expand, but the sale was met with criticism from the building’s neighbors. Traffic and noise were both cited as main concerns.

Eventually, zoning board members ruled against granting a use variance to School’s Out, halting the sale. The school district filed a lawsuit against the town in July because of the decision, but later dropped the suit after Stram Center representatives showed interest in the building.

The project’s application was tabled for revisions and a SEQUR determination is made.

Glenmont CVS

Site plan approval was granted for the development of a new CVS pharmacy along Route 9W at Bethlehem Center, which was also brought before the board.

The project was first brought before the town’s Development Planning Committee last February and then before the Planning Board in July.

The plan calls for relocating the current pharmacy within Glenmont Plaza to a larger building to be built on the corner on Route 9W and Glenmont Road. A USA gas station currently sits on the site. The station, along with several local businesses and residences, would be demolished.

The demolition would allow for the development of a 13,225 square-foot store with 65 parking spaces and a double drive-thru. The plan would also allow for a traffic circle to possibly be installed at the corner in the future under a proposal by the state Department of Transportation.

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