Stewart's zone change hearing coming up

The Warrensburg Town Planning Board met March 3 decided to recommend to the town board a zone change at Stewart Farrar and Elm St. from Professional/Multi Family to Hamlet Commercial. This change, if approved by the Town Board, sets the stage for the proposed construction of a new Stewart's convenience store.

The Planning Board set several stipulations on the zoning change, none of which will apparently effect Stewart's plans.

The stipulations are that no car wash business, auto repair shop, no auto sales store, nor night clubs be allowed on this property.

Many townspeople are opposed to developing a commercial enterprise on the site based on the fact that this plot is part of a state-designated Historical District in the hamlet which starts near Warren Ford and proceeds to Hackensack Ave. It was noted that the Grand Union or any market on that property was there prior to the Historical District that was founded about 1982.

At the March 3 meeting, Stewart's Shops showed site plans of the property, but cautioned that those plans are not necessarily final.

This Planning Board's endorsement of the zoning change doesn't necessarily mean they are fully endorsing the proposed Stewart's.

The board's recommendation is now in the hands of the town board, which will tackle the zoning change at a public hearing at 7 p.m., Tuesday March 16.

If the town board approves a zoning change, Stewart's plans will go back to the planning board for a site plan review process.

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