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Stewart's site plan changes, citizens question move

The development of the new plot requires a zoning change by the town board of a segment of the lot facing Elm Street, which is now zoned Professional Multi-family. This classification doesn't allow stores. The remainder of the plot is zoned Hamlet Commercial, which does allow a retail operation.

Geraghty said the rezoning issue would first come before the town planning board, which would likely render its recommendation for or against the proposal to the town board, which would then make the ultimate decision.

As of Tuesday, the planning board had not received plans from Stewart's officials, who've said they'd be building the new store with an Adirondack-style facade as they did with a replacement store in Lake George.

After the Jan. 13 meeting, Warrensburgh Beautification Inc. founder Teresa Whalen said that a store with Adirondack-style features would be out of place in the neighborhood, lined with 19th-century Victorian homes.

She said that the store would be more compatible in Stewart's present location downtown, which is fully commercial, rather than encroaching into an historic district that includes homes on the National Register of Historic Places, and Richards Library, a stone structure steeped in history.

Years ago, Whalen unsuccessfully fought the demolition of the historic Cunningham house at Main and Stewart Farrar ordered by Hudson Headwaters, which replaced the classic Victorian home with a parking lot for their billing operation.

She said that Warrensburg Beautification now supported the idea of building tastefully-designed senior citizen housing, with an historic flair, on the Hudson Headwaters site, rather than a Stewart's convenience store.

"It's the perfect location for senior housing with all kinds of services within walking distance," she said.

Whalen said that she'd like to see Stewart's officials negotiate to buy the Potter's Diner property on Main St. adjacent to their existing store.

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