Clifton Park

Sonic plans to move ahead in Clifton Park despite sign removal

'Coming soon sign' comes down, but plans go forward

CLIFTON PARK — Plans for a new Sonic Drive-In off Route 146 are moving forward, according to company representatives, though a “coming soon” Sonic sign has been removed from the building and a building permit application for the project has yet to be filed with the town.

The 3,700-square-foot Sonic will be the third of its kind in the Capital Region and will be built in Town Plaza, 800 Route 146, Suite 105. Sonic announced the plan to move into Clifton Park in May, and the Clifton Park Planning Board granted the project final approval after a lengthy process in June. The drive-in chain was aiming for a fall opening.

According to town officials, DCG Development, the Clifton Park-based real estate company that owns the plaza where Sonic plans to locate, has yet to apply for a building permit for the space.

The company also pulled an application to the Clifton Park Zoning Board of Appeals that would have, if granted, allowed a sign on the premises to be larger than what the town code allows. Steve Myers, town director of building and zoning, said it could take several weeks for a building permit to be granted.

A representative from DCG did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Gene Nachamkin, the franchisee of the Clifton Park Sonic, said he was not responsible for the “coming soon” sign removal. DCG put the sign up in May after announcing Sonic would be coming to town, he said.

Nachamkin would not comment on any specific correspondence he has had with DCG and only said that he is waiting to hear from the company regarding the next steps.

Nachamkin confirmed there is still a signed lease between Sonic and DCG for the space.

“It is our plan to move ahead with that location,” he said. “We’re ready to move ahead.”

Nachamkin said the sign’s removal might have been related to a town policy that dictates how long such signs can be displayed, but town officials have said that there are no such restrictions in place.

Joe Di Carlo, Sonic’s Capital Region district manager, had not heard about the sign’s removal and said that, as far as he knows, the plans to open are moving forward. He is in the process of hiring managers for the Clifton Park location.

“We have a signed lease for Clifton Park and expect to move ahead,” he said.


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