QUEENSBURY — Stewart’s Shops is proposing to tear down and rebuild its Queensbury facility on Aviation Road in its latest in a series of projects to update stores.
The Queensbury Planning Board on Feb. 19 is scheduled to review an application by the company to tear down its existing 4,935-square-foot store at 347 Aviation Road and build a new one.
The store would be smaller at 3,855 square feet, but the gas canopy would be more than tripled in size to 2,000 square feet.
The project requires a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals for relief from setback requirements and to allow more signs than the code allows.
If approved, the project would begin in June and be completed in August, according to the application. The cost is $1.5 million. The existing store would remain open during construction.
Stewart’s Shops has been rebuilding stores throughout the region. Last June, Stewart’s opened a 3,700-square-foot store on Warren Street in Glens Falls. The company bought four adjacent lots and tore down houses to expand the site.
The Queensbury Planning Board is currently reviewing a project to demolish the Stewart’s and adjoining Glens Falls National Bank branch on Corinth Road and replace it with a bigger store. The number of fuel pumps would be doubled from six to 12 and a diesel pump would be added. The site would be reconfigured to improve traffic flow and would have 10 new parking spaces. The building would have more seating for guests. The bank portion would be rebuilt to about the same size it was before.
The project was tabled last month to the March 26 meeting, so the applicant could make some revisions to the site plan. Board members had some concerns about traffic circulation at the site and wanted to see more specific information about how fuel deliveries are made and the traffic would flow, according to minutes of the meeting.
In addition, the board was concerned about the brightness of the lighting. However, project engineer Chris Potter pointed out that the light coming from the store would be about 22 foot-candles of illumination, compared with 33 for the FastTrac convenience store across the street, according to minutes of the meeting.
Town officials have expressed concern that FastTrac had put in brighter lighting than what was permitted in its site plan and sought an after-the-fact approval.
By contrast, the Stewart’s Shops at the corner of Route 9L and Route 149 has 14 foot-candles of illumination coming from the store, according to Potter.
The board also wanted Stewart’s to explore possibly putting sidewalks on Corinth and Big Bay roads.