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Residents to have say on new Stewart’s

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    Stewart’s Shops on 13 Fairview Avenue in Hudson is looking to expand and modernize its store.
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    Stewart’s Shops on 13 Fairview Ave. in Hudson is looking to expand and modernize its store. The upstate convenience store chain’s expansion will require a change in zoning.
March 14, 2019 12:04 am

HUDSON — Residents will get a say tonight on the proposed demolition, reconstruction and expansion of a new Stewart’s Shop at 13 Fairview Ave.

The Hudson Planning Board is holding a public hearing at 6 p.m. tonight in the Common Council Chambers in City Hall, 520 Warren St.

Stewart’s is looking to modernize and expand its more than 40-year-old Fairview Avenue store. The 1,976-square-foot brick shop with four fueling stations is slated to be replaced by a 3,696-square-foot building and 1,536-square-foot fueling canopy. The plan includes 13 parking spaces.

The number of fueling stations would remain the same as the current store — two pumps with four fueling stations, said Chuck Marshall, Stewart’s land development and permitting coordinator. The shop is one of several across the state that will get a makeover.

“Any shop of this generation we’re trying to upgrade and replace,” Marshall said Wednesday. “This one has been 45 years in the making. We are trying to invest in established locations.”

The .57-acre property sits at the corner of Fairview Avenue and Green Street — where the existing Stewarts is — and an adjoining parcel to the north and west.

The property is located in a residential zoning district and received a special exception as per Local Law No. 5, which the Common Council passed in 2018. The law amends the city’s zoning law for conditional uses in zoning districts R-2 — for one- and two-family residences — and for one- and two-family residences and conditional offices in zoning district R-2H.

The amendment would allow for the renovation, replacement or expansion of existing nonconforming uses within the city’s R-2 and R-2H zoning districts under certain conditions.

Lawmakers unanimously voted to adopt Local Law No. 5 of 2018 at the Common Council’s regular meeting Nov. 20. First Ward Alderman Rob Bujan and 2nd Ward Alderman Dewan Sarowar were absent. Common Council President Thomas DePietro abstained.

The site plan will go before the planning board for approval before building permits can be issued.

The plan includes demolishing six residences at two nearby housing units — one at 17-19 Fairview Ave. and 162 Green St. — to make room for the expansion.

Stewart’s applied to the Hudson City Code Enforcement office to demolish and reconstruct the location’s existing building, according to a letter signed Feb. 5 from Code Enforcement Officer Craig Haigh.

“The applicant has informed my office that they will be obtaining the properties at 17-19 Fairview Ave. and 162 Green St., which they will demo for the reconstruction of the property,” according to Haigh’s letter.

Stewart’s completed a short environmental assessment form in January. The project was first proposed at the February planning board .

As part of the 2018 law, Stewart’s committed to form a Host Community Benefit Agreement with the city, or an agreement for additional contribution from the company during construction.

Last fall, Marshall said Stewart’s will likely agree to improve traffic and pedestrian safety at the intersection of Green Street and Fairview Avenue as part of the agreement. The terms of the agreement were not determined as of Wednesday.

“Upon site plan approval, the Hudson Community Benefit Agreement will be negotiated between Stewart’s and the city, resulting in a financial contribution to the Fairview Avenue and Green Street intersection’s improvement fund while certain other elements will be delivered through the site plan process,” according to a letter Marshall signed that was submitted with the site plan application.

Engineers from Creighton and Manning Engineering will be at the Planning Board meeting to discuss plans to improve traffic safety at the intersection, Marshall said.