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ShopRite in Colonie?

The question of whether a ShopRite will be built on Central Avenue in Colonie, New York, could be settled tonight.

The village planning commission is meeting at 6:30 p.m., just four days before a deadline it faces to vote on the project, said Pat Hurley, village clerk.

The commissioners must take action within a specified time period after the public comment period ended, Hurley said, unless an extension is approved by the village and the applicant, Columbia Development Cos.

“I expect a vote tonight,” Columbia President Joe Nicolla said.

Planning Board Chairman Chris Dennis could not be reached for comment.

ShopRite wants to build a 70,000-square-foot supermarket and 14-pump gas station on the site of Otto Cadillac. The car dealership, in turn, would move to the former Saturn dealership nearby.

The proposed supermarket has upset some neighbors and property owners who are concerned about the noise and traffic.
Nicolla has said Columbia Development would erect walls and landscaping and take other steps to minimize the impact of the development.

ShopRite is owned by New Jersey-based Wakefern Food Corp., which is returning to the Albany area after a 20-year absence.
A ShopRite opened in Niskayuna last fall. Two others are being built, one in Albany and one in Bethlehem.

Source: The Business Review

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