Town to over­see ShopRite ex­pan­sion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

The Town Board has as­sumed en­vi­ron­men­tal over­sight for the pro­posed, 11,864-square-foot ex­pan­sion of ShopRite Su­per­mar­ket at 100 Massa Lane and 38,373 square feet of new re­tail space on two ad­ja­cent parcels.

The des­ig­na­tion of lead agency was ap­proved by the board with­out dis­cus­sion dur­ing a meet­ing last week.

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, Su­per­vi­sor James Quigley said the two-phase project would in­clude use of a par­cel that fronts U.S. Route 9W.

“This is a rein­tro­duc­tion of a sub­mit­tal that they made to the Plan­ning Board in 2006 that they never built, so they’re bring­ing it back,” he said.

Un­der a first phase, ShopRite would add 10,250 square feet to the ex­ist­ing su­per­mar­ket; 669 square feet to an an­cil­lary vestibule; and 945 square feet to its mez­za­nine.

There would also be 36,500 square feet of cleared land de­vel­oped for park­ing space, while the ex­ist­ing park­ing area would be re­graded to com­ply with the Amer­i­cans With Dis­abil­i­ties Act.

“This phase will also in­clude drainage im­prove­ments in ac­cor­dance with (state De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion) stan­dards, re­place­ment of the ex­ist­ing area lights, re­strip­ing of the park­ing area, ad­di­tional land­scap­ing, and var­i­ous site im­prove­ments,” de­vel­op­ers wrote.

The se­cond phase would in­clude con­struc­tion of a 30,961-square-foot re­tail build­ing and a 7,412-square-foot build­ing that does not have a use listed on the en­vi­ron­men­tal form. The work would also in­clude drainage im­prove­ments, re­place­ment of the ex­ist­ing area lights, re­strip­ing of the park­ing ar­eas, and in­stal­la­tion of side­walks.

“A se­cond cross ac­cess to the ad­ja­cent Home De­pot site will be con­structed in this phase and will in­clude a pipe cul­vert and sta­bi­lized em­bank­ment in­side the drainage chan­nel at the north side of the prop­erty,” de­vel­op­ers wrote.

Quigley said the se­cond phase would help al­le­vi­ate traf­fic con­ges­tion on U.S. Route 9W where Ul­ster Av­enue and East Ch­ester Street meet.

“We’re go­ing to use this as an at­tempt to clean up some of the traf­fic prob­lems,” he said.


The ex­te­rior of ShopRite in the town of Ul­ster on Satur­day.

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