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Niskayuna Planning Board sets public hearing on Ace Hardware project

Niskayuna Planning Board sets public hearing on Ace Hardware project

NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna Planning Board on Monday will hear comments from town residents regarding the Ace Hardware Store proposed for Balltown Road.

A public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at Edwin D. Reilly Jr. Niskayuna Town Hall, one of the first orders of business at the board's first August meeting.

Ace officials hope to convert the former Morgan Stanley financial services building at 1448 Balltown Road into a hardware store.

The property is located next to the 1st National Bank of Scotia, which stands at the corner of Balltown and Nott Street East. Ace hopes to remove all non-bearing interior walls inside the building and open up the space for retail operation. A greenhouse is planned for the center of the building.

Retail and service stores are a permitted, principal use in the C-N (Neighborhood Commercial) zoning district. The building, which has been home to European Spa and other physical fitness centers in the past, has been vacant for the past year.

Board members considering the Ace site plan previously have said they hope the company can secure permission to use an existing access road off Balltown Road.

Town Planner Laura Robertson said people who attend the meeting will be able to ask questions about the tenant change, traffic concerns, access and improvements to the building.

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