Plans submitted to the Lake George Planning Board depict a 30,000-square-foot Price Chopper Supermarket to be built just south of Warrensburg off Rte. 9 near the intersection of Prosser Road — across from McDonalds Restaurant.
The plans for a new Price Chopper supermarket and a shopping plaza near Northway Exit 23 just south of Warrensburg are moving forward, area officials said this week.
Vanguard Fine Real Estate development has submitted site plans, engineering reports and an architectural elevation to the town of Lake George describing a 30,500 square foot grocery store in a shopping plaza that would include another 10,800 square foot store, a freestanding bank branch and a another store of about the same size in a center that includes 229 parking spaces.
The site plans include an architectural drawing of the supermarket, bearing a Price Chopper logo. A representative of Golub Corp., Price Chopper’s parent company, was before the town of Lake George Planning Board in early December with the extensive plans. Attempts to reach Price Chopper were unsuccessful Wednesday.
The plaza would be wedged between Bakers Crossing Road, Prosser Road and Harrington Hill Road, about 150 feet off Rte. 9, across from McDonald’s Restaurant.
The development plans are pending an agreement between the town of Warrensburg to contract with the town of Lake George to provide sewer and water services.
Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty noted that the town was ready to negotiate such a contract as soon as the town of Lake George forms both a water district and sewer district that would not only provide services for the proposed shopping plaza, but the Mobil Station and McDonald’s Restaurant as well.
He said the water and sewer services would be sold at a rate that would provide income for the operation of the Warrensburg sewer and water districts, and that the charge to the new Lake George district might include a significant portion of the capital costs of developing a new well.
A traffic study submitted with the plans estimates that as many as 419 vehicles per hour would visit the plaza, and that quantity would mean erecting a traffic signal at Prosser Road and Rte. 9.
Discussions between town of Lake George Planning Board members and developers have included urgings that the storefront feature Adirondack-style architectural accents, including stonework.
The site is on a steep grade, and the parking lot would include cutting fairly deep into a slope. The bank office would sit at the north end of the development by Prosser Road, and the grocery store and the attached larger retail space would be at the southern end of the plot near Bakers Crossing Road.
The supermarket, at 30,000 square feet, would be about half the size of the major supermarkets in Glens Falls.
The progress on the Price Chopper development puts the status of another similar grocery/shopping plaza development into question.
In September, Devon Dalpos of the Laker Development group presented plans for another shopping plaza with a major supermarket to be situated on 25 acres behind the Warrensburg Post Office on Main St. in the Warrensburg hamlet.
Both Barry Feinman and Vanguard-Fine and Dalpos have said the immediate region could probably only support one such major development.
Warrensburg town officials have been exerting most of their effort into landing a plaza within their town — to generate more tax dollars, as well as boost the business activity in the hamlet.
Whether situated in downtown Warrensburg or over the town line in Lake George, local officials say the consumer will be benefitted by the competition provided by the major chain, driving down local grocery prices.
Efforts to contact officials of Vanguard-Fine and Laker Development were unsuccessful Wednesday.