Target in Amsterdam slated to open Oct. 12

Come fall, Montgomery County residents will have another retailer along the Route 30 commercial corr

Come fall, Montgomery County residents will have another retailer along the Route 30 commercial corridor.

The 126,842-square-foot Target is slated to open Oct. 12, according to site manager Paul Lasorsa.

Lasorsa said the building process, which began earlier this spring, is moving along according to plans and he doesn’t see any reason the company wouldn’t be ready by the anticipated opening date.

Supervisor Thomas DiMezza said having Target in the community across from a similar retailer will cause competition and be good for all the area’s consumers.

“This is an opportunity to shop around for price in that same area,” DiMezza said. “Right now everyone just goes to Wal-Mart.”

Lasorsa said the Target on Route 30 will be similar to Target stores found in surrounding areas and he thinks the nearby residents will be pleased with the end result.

“Every community I go to there is a certain level of excitement with residents glad to see us coming in,” he said. “We are not a low-ball retailer, but we’re not high end either. We have good stuff at a great price.”

Benderson Development, the developers on the project, are also anticipating a 37,000-square-foot retail building attached to the Target store and four more smaller spaces for retail and restaurants on the 40-acre site.

DiMezza said construction on Route 30 will be abundant this summer with crews working on the Walgreens site and the state’s Department of Transportation beginning to work on improvements to the roadway.

DiMezza said DOT crews have already begun work in Fulton County and are working their way down Route 30 to Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.

He said work will include lane closures, and motorists headed to the Adirondacks this summer should expect delays.

“All I can ask is that people have patience and look at the end product, which will hopefully be very nice,” DiMezza said.

Besides projects in progress, the town Planning Board is receiving applications for related growth along the Route 30 corridor, including proposals for a hotel on Maple Avenue Extension and apartments on Wallins Corners Road.

DiMezza said he is considering hiring a part-time planner for the town to keep up with all the inquires about development.

“We want to make sure we’re keeping up to snuff with everything and with our master plan to make sure when people come in to do projects they are given all the information they need and understand the procedure for getting site plan approvals.”

DiMezza said it is possible that the town’s engineering firm Delaware Engineering could handle the tasks on a more regular consulting basis.

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