Plans approved by 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 McDonald's Restaurant. The supermarket will likely be complete by early next summer, a Price Chopper executive predicted this week.
A new Price Chopper supermarket and a shopping plaza near Northway Exit 23 just south of Warrensburg are expected to be a reality by early next summer, according to a Price Chopper executive and area officials.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Price Chopper store is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 16 at the site of the plaza, located between Bakers Crossing Road and Prosser Road. The complex is about 150 feet off Rte. 9, across from Warrensburg McDonald’s restaurant.
Mona Golub, Vice President of Golub Corp. — Price Chopper’s parent company — said the public was invited to witness the ceremony.
The plaza includes a 2,200-square-feet freestanding building that is to house a TrustCo bank branch and a 4,000 square-feet building that is to host a retail store, according to approved plans on file at the Lake George town offices. The plans also call for another 10,600 store — adjacent to the supermarket — which could be built later on, according to Keith Oborne, town of Lake George Director of Planning.
“This will move rapidly,” he said, noting that town and state Dept. of Transportation approvals have been granted, and only a few formal permits are pending.
The supermarket, at 30,500 square feet, is to be about half the size of the major supermarkets in Glens Falls.
The eagerly-awaited project was stalled for months while project officials negotiated relocation of the McDonald’s parking lot exit about 30 feet north to create a symmetrical four-way intersection at Prosser Road. This redesigned Rte. 9 intersection recently was reconstructed to include sidewalks and new curbs. It is scheduled to have a traffic signal installed within several months. The new intersection features a central left turn lane routing northbound Rte. 9 traffic onto Prosser Road.
Also, delays included negotiating relocation of high-voltage electric transmission lines running across Prosser Road. They are to be moved 250 feet or so to the southeast so they’ll span Baker’s Crossing instead of directly over the shopping center.
Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said the town has negotiated a contract for sewer and water service for the plaza, and that it was obtained at a rate favorable to the existing property owners in the Warrensburg Water District.
Designs for the plaza’s signage have also been approved by the Lake George Park Commission after some revisions, Oborne said.
A traffic study submitted last year estimates that as many as 420 vehicles per hour would visit the plaza.
The site is on a steep grade, and the parking lot cuts fairly deep into a slope. The bank office is to sit at the north end of the development by Prosser Road, and the grocery store and the attached larger retail space is to be at the southern end of the plot near Bakers Crossing Road.
Basic site preparation including initial grading for the plaza has been accomplished.
Golub said a schematic of the Price Chopper supermarket and its extensive amenities would be unveiled at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Local officials have said the consumer will benefit from the competition provided by the major chain driving down local grocery prices. Some local shoppers surveyed this week said some prices have already decreased at downtown Warrensburg’s Tops Market, the closest supermarket to the new plaza site.
Barry Feinman of Vanguard-Fine — the developer of the plaza said Monday the project was progressing well.
“We thank the towns of Warrensburg and Lake George for being so cooperative and moving this project in a positive direction,” he said. “We look forward to bring new services to the area communities.”