Two brothers want to build a Colonial-style, mixed-use retail and office structure on Route 50 in Glenville where woods now stand.
“We’re just trying to do a real nice building that will fit in the area of Glenville, like a Colonial-style building,” said Victor Sosnowski, a woodworker who also co-owns Mayfair Jewelers in Glenville and Latham with his brother, Jon, “something that looks nice on a wooded lot.”
In recent years, the Sosnowski brothers purchased the historic and crumbling 8 Washington Place in Troy and converted it into upscale apartments. Victor Sosnowski also is a co-owner of Druthers Brew Pub in Saratoga Springs. His construction company, Spartan Woodworking, would perform the work in Glenville.
The 20,000-square-foot building would have about six stores on the first floor and office space above. Sosnowski would not name the tenants he has planned for the building, but said he’s in talks with a few owners of small local businesses, none of which are restaurants. Pending approvals from the town, he hopes to start the project sometime next year.
The brothers purchased the 11⁄2-acre wooded lot at the corner of Route 50 and Oak Hill Road from their aunt and father in October. They are now seeking a zoning change in order to move forward with the $2.5 million project. The southwest corner of the land is zoned professional residential, and the brothers are requesting it be changed to community business. The rest of the lot already has that zoning.
The request will be reviewed by the Glenville Environmental Conservation Commission at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall and by the Planning and Zoning Commission in September before going to the Town Board for a public hearing and vote.
Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said the wooded area just south of the Oak Hill neighborhood is ripe for development.
“Route 50 is transitioning to a commercial corridor,” he said. “We’re seeing it up and down the corridor. And I think it fits, certainly, with Route 50, but we have to be aware that we’re managing the growth in a way that doesn’t impact the neighborhoods that are in the proximity of this location.”
Sosnowski said the project will have no negative impact on neighbors and could actually benefit them. He said the project will be “very eco-friendly,” and the parking lot will have permeable pavement to soak up stormwater.
“One neighbor said he would welcome it because, with the stormwater runoff, it would mitigate hopefully a lot of the mosquitoes in that area,” he said. “So just by the design of what we have to do, it should reduce the amount of standing water.”
Sosnowski said there are some wetlands on the northern end of the property that will double as a 50- to 60-foot buffer between the mixed-use building and Oak Hill Road.
“They’re not state wetlands, so you don’t have a 100-foot setback or anything,” he said.
Koetzle said the town is “generally favorable” toward mixed-use projects.
“It brings variety into the town and gives the residents more of an opportunity to shop and do different activities,” he said.