WATERVLIET, NY - The Watervliet City Council held a meeting Thursday to give the community greater details over plans to demolish St. Patrick's Church and build a Price Chopper. More than a hundred residents attended the event, which was moved to the senior center to accommodate the large crowd.
St. Patrick's closed back in September. The Albany Roman Catholic Diocese said it would cost $6 million to rehab the structure and have since decided to sell the property. Price Chopper has expressed interest in buying the property and expanding its supermarket in the city.
Price Chopper said its existing 2nd Avenue location is too small and outdated. They said building on St. Patrick's site would allow them to double the size of their existing supermarket and create 40 new jobs.
"Its very important to the quality of life of a community that they have a new state of the art supermarket and we just haven't been able to find a location up to this point that would provide them with that," Gerel Golub, President and CEO of Price Chopper said.
Residents who live across the street from St. Patrick's expressed concern about traffic and parking.
"I don't know how I could possibly continue to live with the parking lot, lights and trucks and have no privacy at all," one neighbor said.
The City Council said it would hold a public meeting to allow the community to further voice its concerns sometime before May 17th.