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Stewart’s Shops map out improvements to corner of Green and Fairview

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    Stewart’s Shop at 13 Fairview Avenue will be almost double the size of the existing building and turn it 90 degrees to face Green Street.
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    The new Stewart’s Shop at 13 Fairview Ave. will have two entrances. The main entrance will face Green Street and the side entrance will face Fairview Avenue.
June 17, 2019 06:41 pm Updated: June 18, 2019 08:55 am

HUDSON — The Hudson Common Council is expected to approve an agreement Tuesday with Stewart’s Shops for intersection improvements at Green Street and Fairview Avenue.

Stewart’s Shops got approval from the Hudson Planning Board in May to replace its 1,976-square-foot brick shop with a modern-looking 3,696-square-foot building and 1,536-square-foot fueling canopy.

The plan includes 12 parking spaces and four fueling stations with two pumps.

To approve the project and a zoning amendment that would allow the expansion, Stewart’s Shops agreed to a community-host benefit agreement with the city to make certain traffic improvements at the intersection of Green Street and Fairview Avenue outside the Fairview Avenue Stewart’s.

The agreement is expected to be voted on by the Common Council at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers, 520 Warren St.

A crude map drawn by Creighton Manning Engineers shows four crosswalks will be added to the intersection. There will also be a crosswalk on Fairview Avenue. There will be a curb ramp on Route 9.

A total of six pedestrian poles with push buttons and six pedestrian signals will be added to the intersection. A curb ramp will be installed on Fairview Avenue for people with walking disabilities.

“The sketch plan is very preliminary at this stage and will require coordination with state Department of Transportation and the city of Hudson to confirm final improvements and costs,” according to a letter from Creighton Manning Project Manager Mark Nadolny and Senior Engineer Daniel Reynolds to Stewart’s Shops.

Hudson Planning Board Chairman Walter Chatham said in May the project will get final approval after the Common Council agrees to the community-host benefit agreement.

The agreement will provide the city with funds to improve pedestrian access at the intersection of Green Street and Fairview Avenue, and provide for the retention of a planner for the review, mediation and implementation of an updated comprehensive plan or zoning code.

The total funds from Stewart’s Shops to the city is $200,000, based on the estimate Stewart’s received from transportation consultant Creighton Manning Engineering.

“When a community-host agreement is made and executed in good faith, it can only benefit a municipality,” Common Council President Thomas DePietro said. “So far, Stewart’s has demonstrated its willingness to be an honest partner with the city.”

The agreement is part of a site plan approval issued by the city Planning Board on May 14.

The improvements were discussed as part of prior planning board meetings. The changes could not be included in the Stewart’s site plan because they would be off-site, on city-owned property.

Stewart’s hopes the new store will be open by early fall. The improvements are also expected to be completed around that time.

Expanding Stewart’s Shops on the corner of Green Street and Fairview Avenue requires a change to the city’s zoning law. The existing zone for the parcel and surrounding neighborhood is R-2, or zoned for one-and-two-family residences.

Because the lot is a commercial property in a residential district, Stewart’s could not alter its current site plan without approval by the city planning board. As a result, the upstate convenience store chain sought a zoning amendment, which was approved by the Common Council.