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Ghent Price Chopper planning proceeds

Feb 28, 2011 9:03 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200" caption="A Price Chopper of the sort that developers are planning for the border between Ghent and Chatham, with public information hearings set to make the process of approval transparent."][/caption]What's happening with the new Price Chopper planned for the Route 66 corridor? The Register-Star's Fran Heaney reports that a couple of weeks ago, the town of Ghent and village of Chatham planning boards held a joint meeting on February 16 to hear updated plans for the proposed 45,000-square-foot store store, to be located on the seven-acre parcel adjacent to the existing Price Chopper. Initially, the store hoped to connect to the village of Chatham sewer system. Engineers from both Ghent and Chatham have looked at the plans, especially with the stormwater concerns associated with the site. The Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction over the wetland in front of the store and have approved the driveway entrance, while the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has control of the wetlands in the rear of the building. In addition the project's developers have prepared plans for substantial stormwater drainage under the parking lot and a stormwater detention system for stormwater drainage into the two wetlands. The new building will be completed with "a palette of warm earth tones, smoked glass windows and stone base, reminiscent of a country barn." Ghent Planning Board members discussed a connection between the existing Price Chopper and the new site, which will be built on an easement owned by Francis Greenburger, the force behind Art Omi and a major New York real estate owner. While Board members voiced their desire for landscaping, Price Chopper has plans to build a 6-foot stockade fence along the property line. A new Price Chopper of a similar design is being built in Lenox, Massachusetts. The company is designing a LEED certified building based upon U.S. green building standards. The town will hold one more informational meeting on the plans, which the developers are stilling adapting to meet planners' concerns, which has not yet been set. A public hearing date will be set following the informational meeting.