GLENVILLE -- Aldi's has submitted much-anticipated plans to build a discount grocery store on Route 50 in the town center area, roughly across the street from Market 32.
The company is applying for several zoning variances and will need site plan review from the town's Zoning and Planning Commission, but town officials acknowledge the public seems to want the new store.
The idea was presented to town officials as a concept in December, but the developer didn't follow up with a formal application to build the store until the end of March.
"It's had strong support from our residents," said Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle. "People ask, is there the market for another grocery store? And I think there is."
The town center corridor already has Market 32, Hannaford and Target stores, but Aldi's tends to offer more discount items.
"It seems to serve a different segment of the market," Koetzle said.
The German-owned chain also has stores in nearby communities, including Amsterdam, Schenectady, Ballston Spa, Halfmoon, and Colonie.
Aldi's stores are about one-third the size of the largest supermarkets, but they focus on carrying the most commonly purchased items, rather than a wide variety, often carrying packaged foods under exclusive brands, according to company's website. There are 1,600 Aldi's stores in 34 states nationwide.
The proposed Glenville Aldi's would cover 17,825 square feet, and sit on a 2.36-acre site. The main entrance would be opposite the traffic light controlling access to the Market 32 plaza, but a separate right-in, right-out access lane would be placed at the southern end of the property, close to the Route 50 intersection with Sheffield Place, a residential street.
The property is vacant but previously was home to a chain drug store and a dollar discount store. Aldi's representatives and town officials first began talking about the site, the last major piece of vacant land in the town center area, more than a year ago.
Town Economic Development and Planning Director Kevin Corcoran said the project application was before the Planning and Zoning Commission on April 10, but no action can take place until a traffic study is completed and zoning variance requests are decided. The state Department of Transportation will also need to approve the access points to the state highway.
As part of the same application, landowner Thomas Burke is seeking to have property -- zoned for residential use -- that faces Sheffield Place rezoned to allow business development -- possibly a fast-food restaurant, separate from the Aldi's. The Town Board will conduct a public hearing on that application at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, in Town Hall.
Koetzle said if the zoning were changed, the town would insist that there be no commercial driveways on Sheffield Place, and that any business located along the road offer a residential appearance.
The town has been investing heavily in improving the appearance and walkability of the town center, where more than 20,000 vehicles travel each day, according to state Department of Transportation figures.