Plaza store size restrictions are lifted
Looking toward the future, the owners of the plaza requested that the Planning Board lift a condition on the property limiting how much of the 19,000-square-foot building can be used for retail if a new tenant were to occupy the space.
At issue were traffic and parking concerns, according to town Planning Director Ross Moldoff. At the time, town requirements called for 987 parking spaces on the property, with the developer providing 613.
The plaza also includes an Aldi grocery store, a Lowe's Home Improvement Eenter, and a Santander bank.
A study by the town's independent traffic consultant, Stephen Pernaw, concluded that the plaza could easily handle any increased need for parking on the property.
"The area of concern has a parking supply of 120 spaces," said Pernaw. "That's in front of the Namco business, Aldis, and the bank. After a six-and-a-half hour observation, we came up with a maximum parking demand of only 44 occupied spaces shortly before noon."
"If the Namco tenant were to go away and we saw a retail tenant in there, I don't see any problem with parking deficiencies," said Pernaw.
Although the study focused on the parking close to Namco, Pernaw said there would likely also be plenty of parking spaces available closer to Lowe's.
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