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  • Stewart’s looking to expand, relocate in Little Falls

  • The Stewart’s Shops convenience store at 22 N. Ann St. in the city of Little Falls is planning to expand its operations by relocating to the adjacent property at 32 N. Ann St.

    That is according to Charles Marshall, real estate representative for Stewart’s Shops, who addressed the members of the Little Falls Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday night.

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  • The Stewart’s Shops convenience store at 22 N. Ann St. in the city of Little Falls is planning to expand its operations by relocating to the adjacent property at 32 N. Ann St.
    That is according to Charles Marshall, real estate representative for Stewart’s Shops, who addressed the members of the Little Falls Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday night.
    The board conducted a public hearing on a requested use variance for the property at 32 N. Ann St., to allow for the installation of fuel tanks so the store could continue to sell gasoline.
    No decision was made on the request, however, as the plans, according to procedure, must first be reviewed by the members of the city Planning Board. That meeting will take place on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room at City Hall. The zoning board is also expected to meet again.
    Reviewing the proposal Marshall said the new store would be similar to the one recently constructed in the village of St. Johnsville and would provide increased space, as well as additional fuel pumps.
    The new store would have six fuel pumps, with one of the pumps designated for diesel fuel, said Marshall. The store would also have increased cooler space and improved LED lighting, he said.
    “It would definitely be better than the building that is standing on the lot now,” said Marshall in reference to the vacant commercial building at 32 N. Ann St. “It will be a nice looking building.”
    The relocation, said Marshall, would also allow Stewart’s to move its fuel pumps further from the roadway and sidewalk, and would provide additional parking spaces for customers.
    “The move would definitely help with the flow of business traffic to and from the store,” said Mayor Robert Peters. “This change would be a real improvement from what is there now.”
    Residents who spoke during Tuesday night’s public hearing raised questions over the flow of traffic, as well as the potential for increased traffic due to the availability of additional fuel pumps.
    They also raised concerns over the effect increased fuel deliveries would have on traffic.
    “I’m not just concerned about vehicle traffic, but about pedestrian traffic as well. That area is one that is heavily utilized by pedestrians and with increased traffic, particularly increased delivery truck traffic, there is the potential for an accident to occur,” said Ed Rose, who has a law office across from the proposed location of the new Stewart’s store and also lives in the neighborhood in question.
    “As with everything we do, we try our best to be a good neighbor,” said Marshall. “If there are concerns with out fuel deliveries, something can be worked out to ease those concerns.”
    Page 2 of 2 - While he was unsure as to when construction on the new store would begin, Marshall said the current store would be renovated and left standing after construction was complete.
    The canopy and fuel tanks would be removed from the current store, he said.
    “Ultimately, we could decide to lease or sell the property,” said Marshall.
     
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