New Scotland seeks to beef up commercial base

Town Board member preparing to form Economic Development Advisory Committee

— “Our location is promising for such use here because we are close to the City of Albany and the interstate (highway) system,” Hennessy said.

Commercial development in the town is limited in scale, too, after the board passed restrictions, commonly known as the “big box” law, two years ago.

The law applies to the Hamlet of New Scotland and Commercial Zoning District. The maximum size of retail stores cannot exceed 50,000 square feet of gross leasable area, with the limit increasing to 100,000 square feet for a group of retail stores.

Dolin and Hennessy do not believe the limitation on commercial developments is affecting the town’s ability to attract business.

“I don’t think we have the population density to support a big box,” Dolin said.

Hennessy said residents generally do not support such large-scale commercial developments.

“This community really would not welcome regional or destination activity as well as it would welcome local-based merchants or businesses,” Hennessy said. “I don’t see us going into a regional or destination use anytime soon. I don’t have any desire for any of that.”

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