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“COR is an ongoing project and it’s still ongoing; it’s not a dead issue, according to the developers,” said Eaton, who recently spoke to COR representatives.
He said that since the proposed plans have been in place for over a year, the developers will again have to go through the planning process with the Allegany planning board.
“It’s state law, it’s not our law. These things (the proposed plans) are only good for one year,” Eaton said.
That shouldn’t be a big hurdle, he said.
“We learned a lot from the process, so it should go faster” next time, he said.
The development company, which has been in existence since 1998, builds for several national chains and has a number of retail clients including Target, TJ Maxx, Circuit City, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, Panera Bread, Barnes & Noble. , Sports Authority, Wegman’s and Price Chopper. Architectural plans for the project showed that it would be built in a downtown style with green spaces, trees and shrubs.
The site was also to have three access points with the main entrance located opposite the traffic light near the university.
At a public hearing held for the project in February 2006, the majority of residents present appeared to accept the proposed complex.
IN OTHER NEWS, Mr Eaton said the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter is also progressing, with demolition bids for part of the store due in June.
Store expansion plans have been in the works for nearly three years. The expansion, which will transform the store into a Supercentre by adding 75,000 square feet to the existing 127,000 square foot structure, was approved in the fall of 2006.
Store manager Ed Schuh said he had not received any timelines for the construction project from Rochester-based AP Engineering.
“We expect (construction) to start this summer,” Schuh said.
Construction will begin on the east exterior of the building and is expected to take nine to ten months.
The expansion will add space for a full grocery section, dry goods, garden center, personal services and tire lubrication areas.