QUEENSBURY — Monty Liu, who runs Monty’s Discount Wine and Liquor on Route 9, will build a 5,500-square-foot retail establishment between his store and the nearby Walmart Supercenter.
His plan was approved by the Queensbury Planning Board on Thursday night.
The board unanimously approved the project after requiring a sign at the intersection of Weeks Road and Route 9. The sign will announce that tractor-trailers are not allowed on Weeks Road.
Liu plans on expanding the building into a bank, a small seafood restaurant and other mom-and-pop-type shops.
The retail business owners in the new plaza will be allowed to have box truck deliveries along the back of the building, off Weeks Road.
But they will be responsible for directing tractor-trailers to deliver to the front of the building by using the Route 9 traffic light entrance.
Box trucks will be routed in a circle from the back to the front of the building, exiting at the Route 9 traffic light.
He’ll also build a new parking lot, with 26 spaces, in front of the new building.
On Wednesday night, the town Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a setback variance for Liu’s project.
His building will have a 32-foot setback from the property line on Weeks Road. The variance that was granted will allow the setback to be less than the required 75 feet required by town code.
The new business is in the Commercial Intensive Zone, which is why the variance was approved. Various other businesses along the Route 9 corridor also have variant setbacks.
The seven-member board considered whether the setback variance would cause an undesirable change in the character of the neighborhood or be a detriment to nearby properties. After a short discussion, the board determined the project could have a minor impact on traffic.