MOREAU — The town is going to start advertising every commercial parcel available for development on Route 9.
Sewer construction will begin next year and should be complete by the end of 2021. By that time, town officials want development on the corridor, which would reduce the cost of sewer for every property owner.
Some construction such as Moreau Family Health has already started and it will eventually connect to sewer.
Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership has offered to create for free a pamphlet on all of the developable land. The agency focuses on economic development.
The pamphlet will be called Invest In Moreau. It will feature every commercial property for sale and all of their details: acreage, zoning, utilities available, current assessment and a contact number for the seller.
The pamphlet will also talk up Moreau as a good place to develop.
So far, just three projects have been announced for the corridor. Two are health-related, and the third is a distribution warehouse for Saratoga Olive Oil.
Supervisor Todd Kusnierz is hoping for restaurants or retail, although he noted that a few health-related companies can help drive economic development.
“You can get a need for additional professional services that are affiliated with that,” he said, but added, “I don’t want it to be a strip of predominantly health-related services.”
He knows that drawing in retail stores is the hardest part of economic development.
“It is challenging,” he said. “But ideally I’d like a fishing/hunting store.”
The public also wants stores — and jobs.
“They want to see retail. They want to see higher-end dining opportunities. They want to see the possibility of a nice hotel,” he said.
And while none of that has come to fruition yet, he now gets phone calls about once a week from big companies interested in development in Moreau.
Before sewer was approved, he said, the phone wasn’t ringing.
“This is a game-changer. No one was seriously looking at us when we didn’t have that,” he said. “What we have going for us is now we can say we’re going to have sewer.”
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