New businesses eye W'burg

Dean Ackley also noted that a chain pharmacy has been eyeing a site or two in Warrensburg. One location prompting some interest was the former Econo-Quick Car Wash, which was excavated years ago under a brownfield cleanup program. That property is awaiting a final sign-off from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, he added.

"Business owners' eyes are now on Warrensburg," Dean Ackley said, noting that large chain operations routinely conduct considerable research on potential retail activity, and their due diligence must have yielded very positive news about Warrensburg's potential. "And remember, any development we get here benefits the taxpayers - I hope this new activity continues."

Local officials noted that all these plans for new or relocated businesses locally has followed several large-scale projects in town: Stewart's relocation into a new pricey building, the expansion last year of the famed Oscar's Meats, and the redevelopment of Hickory Ski Center, three of the most ambitious investments in recent history on the Warrensburg commercial scene.

"This is a phenomenon that's great to see," said John Wheatley, vice president of Warren County Economic Development Corp. His agency has launched a marketing effort for Warrensburg, by evaluating appropriate uses for a dozen or so vacant Main Street buildings, a good number of which will soon be hosting active businesses.

"People are starting to see the value of places like Warrensburg - it really has a lot of potential," Wheatley said.

Wheatley added that commercial development and revitalization in Warrensburg will have a positive effect on all of northern Warren County, considering that state Rte. 9, which is Warrensburg's Main Street, is the primary route to vast areas of the Adirondacks spanning three counties.

"Warrensburg provides a vital connection to other towns and villages further into the Adirondacks," Wheatley said.

Geraghty said he and town board members may soon be seeking streetscape improvement grants for downtown Warrensburg.

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