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Talk erupts of another major grocery eyeing Warrensburg

Dalpos said he was looking forward to building on his chosen site in the hamlet of Warrensburg, which he said was ideal for commercial development.

"Our selected site is most appropriate for what we will be proposing to do - it's already zoned and serviced with water and sewer, and it will be bringing customers through the hamlet that ordinarily wouldn't go there," he said. "It will be a good addition to the town and to the municipality's tax base."

Thursday, town board members met with municipal engineers Tom and Jim Suozzo of Delaware Operations Inc. of Oneonta. They assured the board the town's present sewer system - its main lines treatment lagoons - could accommodate the flows from two more strip malls of the proposed size and water usage. They characterized the town's operations as exceptionally well-managed.

Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said he was pleased with the kudos, but more excited about the likely pending economic development in town.

"I knew we needed to foster more commercial growth and bring new jobs into the community, and I thought once Stewart's relocated uptown, it would be a catalyst to attract more businesses to Warrensburg," he said. "We're working hard to improve our community, and it's important to be prepared with good infrastructure."

He added that he and board members met Friday with new Warren County Economic Development Corp. chief John Wheatley, discussing strategies to boost jobs, industry and retail commerce.

Town employees are now preparing for Wheatley an inventory of vacant or under-utilized buildings and properties that are suitable for commercial development, Geraghty said Tuesday.

"In these tough economic times, we are very fortunate that developers are now seeking to site their projects here."

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