Coffee shop or bank? Proposed ShopRite neighbor to have drive-through
NISKAYUNA The proposal to build a 1,720-square-foot building at the ShopRite Plaza in Niskayuna is to be before the town board tonight for a public hearing.
The public hearing is to get any comments from residents about the application to build the structure, which would be built nearer to Nott Street East and replace the old Friendly’s building. The old Friendly’s is to be razed.
The public hearing is set for the 7 p.m. town board meeting this evening at town hall.
No tenant for the new building has been named. Site owner Inland Mortgage Capital Corp., of Chicago, has ruled out a fast food restaurant, but said it still could be a coffee shop or a bank. The building is to have a drive-through.
The Friendly’s is to be torn down, opening up the parking lot there, with the new building to be built toward Nott. The proposed new building would be less than half the size of the old Friendly’s structure.
The Friendly’s has been vacant since 2010 when the restaurant closed its doors. The former St. James Square was becoming rundown until the ShopRite came to the plaza in 2011. More recently, a TCBY was added.