Retail and boat storage plan approved at former Glens Falls Price Chopper space

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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The former Price Chopper in downtown Glens Falls hasn’t had its doors open since 2017. On Tuesday evening, the Glens Falls Planning Board approved a plan to put it to new use for the first time in three years, for short-term boat storage and long-term retail use.

Under the new plans, the building will be split down the middle, with a dividing wall installed inside during the renovation process. That’s not the only installation needed; a large loading door will be installed on the boat storage side.

The plan was presented by Clark Trading Corporation, who have owned the building since the 1980s.

One of the conditions the board set was that the boat storage function only last for this coming winter. After that, it will be used as a retail space. The other side already has a potential tenant, which representatives of Clark Trading Corporation were unable to name Tuesday, but said would be selling a variety of products.

The other condition from the planning board had to do with snow removal. Historically, snow has ended up piled high at the northeast corner of the property parking lot. They asked that this stop, as that corner, on Dix Avenue and Cooper Street, creates a hazard for drivers.

It was also suggested that trees be added on the building’s Cooper and Walnut Street sides, to add color to the area and better denote where points of entry begin and end.

The company hopes to start storing boats by the third week of October.

Price Chopper closed the grocery store in 2017, saying its small neighborhood footprint no longer aligned with their plans for their Price Chopper and Market 32 locations going forward.

More from Tuesday night’s planning board meeting:

Eggs with a side of parking

Sam’s Restaurant, a diner at 23 Dix Ave. on the corner of Dix Avenue and Cherry Street, came Tuesday night with plans to subdivide the property at 77 Cherry St., on the opposite side along Dix Avenue.

Currently, some of that land is used for parking for the diner. The rest is currently undeveloped and fenced off.

The planning board approved a plan, prepared by MB Property Development LLC, to subdivide that land. The lot along Dix Avenue would have its fence removed and be used as the new parking lot, for both the diner and the two apartments above it. The second lot – the current parking lot – would become the site of a single-family house.

A member of the planning board said he had been contacted by a resident of Cherry Street, who lives next to the current parking area, who voiced concerns over the project adding to the amount of parking happening on the street. Matthew Abrams, one of MB Property Development’s representatives, clarified that this project would turn the fenced-off lot into a larger parking area than what the diner currently has, and would actually reduce the amount of on-street parking happening on the narrow neighborhood street.

Ray Supply owners add to their supply

The owners of Ray Supply, an audio system installation company at 9 Pine St., got approval for a project next door at 11 Pine St., a currently vacant former podiatrist office.

The couple purchased the building, formerly used by Dr. Harold Poster and Dr. Gary Poster as a foot specialist office, in order to have some control over what was next to their business. The planning board approved their plan to convert the building into six apartments; four one-bedroom, two two-bedroom.

The property is home to six parking spaces, joined by six at Ray Supply that tenants will have access to. Trash from both buildings will be collected at a pair of dumpsters behind Ray Supply.

Given that the building was previously a doctor’s office, extensive renovation will be needed.

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