Target officials on Monday received a conditional town approval and are on track to open their new store in October 2012.
The Planning and Zoning Commission signed off on the plan by RD Management to demolish the existing buildings at the site of the vacant Kmart on Route 50 and construct a 135,000-square-foot retail store. The project would also include a 36,000-square-foot building for smaller tenants and a 3,000-square-foot site for a restaurant or other use that has not been identified by the developer.
Planning Board Chairman Michael Carr spent 15 minutes reading a lengthy motion of approval endorsing the $17 million project.
“Having a 14-acre blighted, unproductive property within the heart of the town center is undesirable,” Carr said.
Richard Pearson, associate with John Meyer Consulting, went over some changes to the site plan. The application was postponed from last month to allowed the developers time to submit some revised drainage plans to improve the storm water runoff at the site.
The storm water system has been redesigned to accommodate all the water runoff for the site, including the nearby Glenville Queen diner, according to Pearson. Diner owner Sam Bratsos is considering enlarging his business.
“We will essentially oversize our system to accommodate his potential future expansion,” Pearson said.
Bratsos said he has no specific plans at this point but because of a land swap with RD Management he has additional room in the rear of his building for a future project.
There were also some changes to the traffic plan.
On the advice of state Department of Transportation officials, the developer has relocated Target’s driveway onto Route 50 about 50 feet farther away from the intersection with Glenridge Road so it would line up opposite the driveway for a small apartment complex across the street.
A new traffic signal would be installed at the Target driveway with a crosswalk and pedestrian signal. In addition, Route 50 in the area of the new store would be restriped to create two through lanes in each direction, although the existing width of the road would not change, according to Pearson.
The developer is also constructing sidewalks along Route 50 and Glenridge Road in front of the store. McDonald’s owners in August will be constructing a sidewalk in front of their property along Glenridge Road.
The town’s goal is to have the sidewalks in the entire town center area connect.
The approval is conditional upon state DOT officials endorsing the plan.
In addition, both the Glenville Public Works Department and an independent engineer hired by the town must review the final drainage plans.
The land has been vacant since August 2006 when Kmart left as part of a downsizing of its stores. Albany Public Market and later a Grand Union also occupied a portion of the site at one time.