Schenectady County

Plans for Rotterdam food warehouse scrapped

McLane Food Service Inc. has scrapped plans to build a distribution center proposed for 27 acres str
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McLane Food Service Inc. has scrapped plans to build a distribution center proposed for 27 acres straddling the towns of Rotterdam and Princetown, citing overall project delays and the recent economic downturn.

Members of the Princetown Planning Board were expected to address the project’s site plan, special use permit and subdivision applications Thursday, when they received notification the company had cancelled its plans. Planning board Chairwoman Patricia Bishop said the notification came through project engineer Joe Bianchine of ABD Engineers after the town requested McLane address several concerns raised by area residents.

“They just said that at this time they were canceling the project,” she said today. “We were all surprised.

McLane’s had proposed moving their distribution center in Guilderland to a 168,000-square foot facility on a former gravel pit off Feuz Road. Bart McKay, a spokesman for McLane, said the project faced delays on several levels that made building a new distribution center unfeasible.

“The added cost associated with enduring these delays was not one we wanted to bear,” he said.

McKay said the company hasn’t decided whether it will move the project to another location or if it will be abandoned altogether. He said the need for additional space forecasted when the project was proposed in 2005 didn’t seem as imminent given recent economic trends.

“Certainly for the time being, we’ll stay where we are,” he said.

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