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Fairview plaza gets OK from Greenport Planning Board

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    The plans for a new shopping center and retail space at 149 Fairview Ave. in Greenport were approved by the Greenport Planning Board on Aug. 27.
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    A gothic-style house next to McDonald’s in Greenport will be torn down to make way for a new shopping center.
September 9, 2019 05:09 pm Updated: September 9, 2019 10:18 pm

GREENPORT — A plan to build a new shopping plaza on Fairview Avenue has received the go-ahead from the Greenport Town Planning Board, but just when the project will begin is up in the air.

On Aug. 27, the Greenport Planning Board approved the plan submitted by Greenport Land Partners (TRG Property Management) for a retail plaza at the corner of Fairview Avenue and Healy Boulevard.

The board voted 4-1 to build the small shopping center, a project that would include replacing and moving the McDonald’s, located at 149 Fairview Ave., adding an Aldi grocery store and two other commercial spaces, which have not been determined.

Planning board members Ed Stiffler, Robert MacGiffert, Michael Grisham and Sandy Kipp voted in favor of moving the project forward. Peter Tenerowicz voted against it.

Tenerowicz could not be reached for comment late Monday.

A call to TRG to find out when the project will begin was not immediately returned late Monday.

After receiving the town planning board’s approval, TRG is now allowed to apply for demolition and building permits to begin construction.

Retail space is proposed to be built on either side of the McDonald’s at its new location, according to the site plan. One retail building would measure 3,400 square feet, the other 3,600 square feet.

The Aldi grocery store to be located behind the new McDonald’s would be 22,978 square feet, according to the proposed plan.

It’s unclear what will happen to the Aldi located at 300 Fairview Ave. A request for comment from Aldi was not immediately returned late Monday.

Fewer than 80 parking spaces will be created at the site.

The Aldi would fill a void of a supermarket within walking distance of Hudson after Shop-Rite moved from 70 Healy Blvd. to the former Price Chopper building at 351 Fairview Ave. in 2018.

Constructing the planned plaza includes demolishing two homes, one behind the McDonald’s, and a large gothic-style home next door to the fast-food restaurant.

The vacant gothic-style home was eligible to be on the National Historic Registry but no one followed through and applied for the listing. Previously, the state Office of Historic Preservation found that the building had deteriorated beyond the point of restoration.

TRG decided that an informational kiosk would be installed about the former gothic house on the development after it is torn down.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.