Devin Dalpos, of Laker Development, shows initial plans Tuesday, Sept. 20 to the Warrensburg Planning Board depicting the layout of a major supermarket to be situated on Main Street behind the Warrensburg Post Office and just southeast of Oscar’s Smoke House. The conceptual plans were well received.
Two developers are competing to launch a major discount grocery store soon in or near Warrensburg, and one of them presented initial plans Tuesday Sept. 20 to town officials.
Devin Dalpos of Laker Development Group unveiled plans to the Warrensburg Planning Board for a 30,000- to 35,000-square-foot supermarket to be developed on about 25 acres behind the town’s post office on Main Street.
He said he has been negotiating with two major grocery chains to site stores there, but he declined to name them.
The development would stretch back into the woods at the foot of Hackensack Mountain, adjacent to Oscar’s Smoke House.
Dalpos said that his firm would be presenting more comprehensive plans to the board as soon as this next week, and that, if approved, preliminary construction work could begin before winter arrives.
“This a very exciting plan,” town Councilman Bryan Rounds said, noting that a supermarket at that site would stimulate new development in the Warrensburg hamlet, boost traffic at all local businesses, plus prod owners of deteriorating retail properties to upgrade.
Dalpos and town officials said the supermarket would draw people from all over northern Warren County as well as Hamilton County and southern Essex County.
The Laker Development of Saratoga Springs isn’t the only firm that’s proceeding on supermarket plans locally.
Vanguard-Fine Real Estate is moving forward with plans for a compact mall containing a major supermarket across from McDonald’s Restaurant off Prosser Road. This hillside plot, near I-87 Northway Exit 23, is in the town of Lake George, although visitors identify it as belonging to Warrensburg.
Barry Feinman of Vanguard Fine said Monday that he is intending to present plans Oct. 4 to the Lake George Planning Board. Local officials say that Feinman is developing a site for Price Chopper, and he is meeting with the state Department of Transportation soon to discuss traffic issues.
“We’re looking forward to bringing a major supermarket to an underserved area,” Feinman said.
Feinman’s plans call for a 40,000-square-foot supermarket, plus a bank and several other retail stores adjacent.
Both developers said this week, however, that the Warrensburg area can only profitably support one local major supermarket.
Feinman said his site is the better of the two because it is closer to the Northway exit. Dalpos said Monday his site offers tax income to Warrensburg, it will boost traffic to other hamlet businesses, and it’s within convenient walking distance to many local shops.
“The attractiveness of this site is that it’s in the town of Warrensburg,” he said. “It means adding to local tax revenue and it will be a large draw, pulling people through town so local enterprises can capture their business.”
Warrensburg town officials said, however, that whichever development plan gets in place first would likely win out.
“A supermarket is coming to Warrensburg,” town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said. “And now the race is on.”
Town officials said the site in the hamlet didn’t necessitate approval from Adirondack Park Agency and other state panels, and sewer and water infrastructure was already in place. The Prosser Road site would necessitate negotiating sewer and water service with Warrensburg, and perhaps the Lake George Town Board setting up a sewer district — time-consuming processes.
Dalpos said his group “controls” parcels of land northwest and southeast of the main plot behind the post office, perhaps for future development for stores.
He said he has an option to purchase the Kreinheder’s Antiques property, as well as a home on Hackensack Avenue directly at the junction of Hackensack and King Street.
Dalpos said theoretically plans might call for developing a side entrance to the supermarket complex through that parcel, allowing residents of the King’s Addition neighborhood easy access.
The Laker Development plans call for two two-way entrances that straddle the post office and connect to Main Street. A parking lot for 165 to 200 cars would sit behind the post office and in front of the store.
Warrensburg Planning Board member Alice Farrell urged Dalpos to allow appropriate space on driveways for access by large recreational vehicles and trucks towing boats, as well as taking precautions to prevent erosion, considering recent storm washouts. She also urged Dalpos to make the buildings architecturally attractive.
“We’re concerned to have this development well done, and not be a victim as our town has been in the past,” she said. “If your plans are eye-catching, pleasing and well-designed, they’ll be welcome with this board.”