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Glenville to discuss Route 50 development

Glenville officials will hold a question-and-answer session Wednesday night on a proposed zoning map amendment that would open up a part of Route 50 to retail development.

In particular, the amendment would change the zoning along Route 50 between the town center and Socha Plaza from professional/residential to community/business. Under this new zoning, retail development up to 20,000 square feet would be allowed.

The town board will discuss the change, which would affect 13 properties, at Wednesday's work session at 7:30 p.m. at the Glenville Municipal Center.

Residents who showed up to a recent public hearing on the topic expressed concern about delayed traffic patterns if development along that corridor were to grow. Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said the town is in talks with the state Department of Transportation about traffic concerns.

"This isn't really a huge change that's going to affect traffic in any big way," he said. "It will open the area up slightly to a new class of development. We think it will help develop the area a little bit more."

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