Stewart's to redo two stores

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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— Two Stewart’s Shops in Glenville will be getting face-lifts later this year.

The company wants to demolish the existing facility at the corner of Freemans Bridge Road and Maple Avenue and replace it with a new store located behind the current one. The one at 411 Ballston Road will get gasoline pumps that it currently lacks.

Chuck Marshall, real estate representative for Stewart’s, said both locations are successful stores. The improvements to the Freemans Bridge Road facility will help improve traffic circulation, and the Glenville work will allow them to expand services by offering gasoline.

Marshall said the plan is to purchase a dance studio and blinds store at 52 Freemans Bridge Road located adjacent to the current 2,400-square-foot store. Stewart’s will demolish those buildings and build a new 3,384-square-foot store at the rear of the combined lot. “After that store is up and running, we’ll knock down the existing Stewart’s,” he said.

The new facility will increase the number of pump stations from two to 12, and two of them will have low-flow diesel fuel, according to Marshall. The outside of the store will also be spruced up with Stewart’s new lighter and brighter facade look that is a departure from the traditional cedar roof shingles.

At Ballston Road, Marshall said, Stewart’s plans to tie into the sewer system that is being built as part of the Baptist Health System construction on Swaggertown Road. Gas pumps would be installed at the location where the septic system is currently and the building will not be changed, according to Marshall.

Cost of the improvements at both sites will be about $2 million total, according to Marshall. He said Stewart’s would like to start construction on the Freemans Bridge Road site in July and work should take about 12 weeks from start to finish. The Ballston Road project would start in August and take five weeks.

The projects received preliminary approval earlier this month from the Planning and Zoning Commission, and final OK is expected at the April 8 meeting. Stewart’s also needs approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals for variances regarding setbacks and landscaping.

Town Planner Mike Burns said the approval was given for the Ballston Road site on the condition that a concrete pad is installed below the canopy to limit any fuel spills.

Also, at the Freemans Bridge Road site, the commission wants to make sure the site leaves room for future addition of sidewalks.

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