Ice cream cones, coffee, gasoline and maybe even an electric charge could soon be available at the main entrance to the Luther Forest Technology Campus.
Stewart’s Shops is planning to propose a 3,000-square-foot “flagship” convenience store at the entrance roundabout on Route 67, less than a mile from Round Lake.
The proposed store could even become the company’s first to offer an electric vehicle charging station, company real estate representative Tom Lewis said.
The technology campus is where GlobalFoundries has 2,000 people working at its Fab 8 computer chip plant. The company is now planning a major research and development facility and considering a second computer chip factory; combined, they would bring total employment at the site to around 5,000 by 2021.
“It’s my opinion the location is a good one, and that was before [Fab] 8.2,” Lewis told the Town Board on Monday.
The Malta-based regional convenience store chain has a one-year option to buy nearly three acres at the northwest corner of the entrance roundabout from the Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corp. for $600,000.
The property is currently zoned for residential use, so the commercial use would require Town Board approval.
A majority of board members said they could support the change, with the understanding that Stewart’s will make an effort to have the shop architecture fit with the nearby historic hamlet of Maltaville, where some houses are more than 200 years old.
“The realities have changed for the hamlet and Stewart’s is going to be an amenity,” said Councilwoman Tara Thomas.
Lewis said the building has yet to be designed and it could still be months before the company is ready to submit plans to the town. Tentative plans also include space for a free-standing bank building.
“[Stewart’s Chairman William Dake] believes this is a location worth a real extra effort,” Lewis said.