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Clifton Park Planning Board hears plans for new Stewart's

Clifton Park Planning Board hears plans for new Stewart's

CLIFTON PARK — A revamped version of a Stewart’s Shop slated for Route 9 in the town of Clifton Park was met with positive feedback from the Clifton Park Planning Board on Jan 14.

The proposed shop would be located at 1740 Route 9 and contain 3,696 square feet of space, according to documents submitted to the town’s Planning Department.

The proposed site also contains a Residence Inn by Marriott. Stewart’s wants to subdivide the parcel and build the shop on 1.48 acres. The store would feature eight self-service gas pumps under a canopy, according to documents.

Over the past few years Stewart’s has replaced several old stores with new ones on the same site and added stores in new locations in New York and Vermont. Eighteen new shops were slated for 2019, representing a more than $50 million new investment by the company. Most recently, the Planning Board in March approved a reconstruction of a shop on Grooms Road. It will replace the current one at the corner of Grooms and Vischer Ferry roads.

Separate approvals are needed for the site plan and the subdivision.  A public hearing must also be held prior to approving the subdivision. Prior to appearing before the board Jan. 14, the company received approval from the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals for variances related to the parking lot and the store’s fuel station canopy.

Marcus Andrews, the representative from Stewart’s pitching the project to the Planning Board, confirmed that the Route 9 store would be a totally new one, as oppose to a rebuild project, during which the company typically keeps an old shop open while a new one is being built nearby, and then closes the old shop later.

“The reason we’re looking at this site is to pick up southbound traffic on Route 9,” Andrews said. “There are limited services in that area.”

The new version of the site plan has seen the shop rotated from its original position, at the request of the Planning Board, to better utilize the space of the parcel. It was also brought closer to Route 9 than it was in the original plan.

The new plan will also see the sidewalks built around the shop connect with existing sidewalks on Route 9, for greater pedestrian accessibility.

Planning Board members also recommended that the company find a way to incorporate a slightly larger amount of plantings, possibly in the form of trees or shrubs, to the site for aesthetic purposes.

Clifton Park Planning Department Director John Scavo said as the town has seen more and more Stewart’s projects, the Planning Board has started to look for certain details in the proposals that are consistent and have worked for the shops in town in the past.

He lauded Stewart’s for keeping those details in mind when pitching the Route 9 site to the town.

“The applicants did a great job of being conscious of all of our local considerations and comments,” Scavo said.

The project is expected to be in front of the Planning Board again in February to receive final approval for both the site plan as well as the subdivision application.

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