A Glenville auto dealership is planning an expansion that would nearly double its size in an area of town that borders an upscale residential neighborhood.
Capitaland Motors wants to construct a new showroom with between 12,000 and 13,000 square feet of space just north of its current space at 37 Saratoga Road, said town Supervisor Chris Koetzle. The dealership, which sells GMC and Subaru vehicles, would split the two brands between the new and existing buildings, he said.
The dealership recently bought three houses at 41, 43 and 47 Saratoga Road that were just north of its current site and plans to demolish them to build the new space, Koetzle said. To do so, Capitaland is requesting the town change the zoning at these properties from professional residential to general business.
“The concern our board has is encroachment onto a residential neighborhood,” Koetzle said. “But in working with Capitaland, I think it’s very clear that a site plan review would make sure there’s a lot of buffering between this property and the back end of The Return.”
A wooded area already provides natural buffering between the proposed expansion site and The Return neighborhood, which boasts some of the highest assessed homes in town.
“They won’t have a body shop at the new building, so a lot of the typical noise you would hear from a body shop you won’t have here,” Koetzle said.
A Capitaland official declined to discuss the expansion project Tuesday.
The dealership’s plans went before the Glenville Environmental Conservation Commission last week. At its June 4 meeting, the Town Board is set to schedule a public hearing on the proposal and zoning change at its July meeting. Koetzle said the board would either schedule action on the project for the night of the public hearing or push it until August.
The zoning change would hardly be out of character for that area of Route 50, he said. Just north of where Route 50 and Freemans Bridge Road meet, the corridor already boasts a restaurant, garden center and retail shops.
“They’re a very quiet dealership,” Koetzle said. “Capitaland has had a very long-standing reputation of keeping their property immaculate so I think they would work to fit the character of the community nicely.”