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  • Demolition of Shoppers Square begins in Little Falls

  • Demolition of Shoppers Square, a 1960s era shopping mall in downtown Little Falls, began earlier this week.

    Part of a multi-million dollar project to renovate the building that housed the city’s lone grocery store, sections of the structure will be demolished and rebuilt.

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  • Demolition of Shoppers Square, a 1960s era shopping mall in downtown Little Falls, began earlier this week.
    Part of a multi-million dollar project to renovate the building that housed the city’s lone grocery store, sections of the structure will be demolished and rebuilt.
    “It’s going to be a good thing for the city,” Mayor Robert Peters said during a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon. “It’s going to be an improvement to downtown.”
    Among the planned improvements is construction of a modern 30,500 square foot Price Chopper supermarket on the western end of the facility.
    “From what I have been told the project is moving along on schedule, which means everything is on track to open in late fall,” said Peters. “Of course that could change if the demolition or construction were to hit a snag. You never know what you’ll find when you start taking down old buildings, so hopefully everything will go smoothly.”
    Plans also call for the eastern end of the facility to undergo renovations.
    “The project is going to clean everything up,” said Peters. “Portions of the building will be brand new, while other portions will look new. It’ll be a real positive when it’s done.”
    The estimated cost of the project, which will create 20 full-time and 90 part-time jobs, is $6,459,149, according to Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency documents.
    The IDA last month approved a straight lease agreement to allow the IDA to hold nominal title to the property and offer Price Chopper Operating Company exemption from sales and mortgage recording taxes, as well as reduced property taxes.
    According to the agreement, Price Chopper Operating Company will receive $320,287 in financial assistance in the form of an 8.25 percent sales tax exemption.
    “In this state and this economy, these types of incentives are quite necessary,” IDA Executive Director Mark Feane previously, said.
    “This project will create new jobs and a state-of-the-art grocery store. It represents a good investment in the city of Little Falls,” he added.

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