Stewart’s eyes village location

Sarah Trafton/Columbia-Greene MediaThe site where a new Stewart’s Shop is being planned in the village of Catskill.

CATSKILL — A new Stewart’s location within the village will soon be under review, village officials said Monday.

The proposed site is where Mountain T-Shirts is currently located, at the corner of West Main and West Bridge streets. The building is listed for sale by real estate company Keller Williams.

“This will be a good project for the village and the planning board to take on,” Village Planning Board Chairman Patrick McCulloch said.

The application is in its preliminary phase, McCulloch said, adding that he doesn’t expect it will be on the planning board’s agenda until Jan. 27.

“It will only be on the side where Mountain T-Shirts is, not Coney Island Ice Cream,” McCulloch said.

The proposal would involve tearing down the brick building and constructing an entirely new structure, McCulloch said.

The property is currently owned by Mtts Inc., and was previously a car dealership owned by Berzal Chevrolet Inc., according to Greene County Property records.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” McCulloch said.

The board’s review will involve public hearings, a state environmental review, informational meetings, and will likely be reviewed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation due to its location, McCulloch said.

There is currently a Stewart’s Shop in the town of Catskill, on Route 23B, as well as a handful of other shops in Greene County, including in Coxsackie, Athens, Cairo, Greenville and Haines Falls.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Catskill, it appears plans for a Taco Bell in the small lot near Beer World, on Route 9W, may not be coming together.

“We haven’t heard anything back since we sent them to the zoning board early last year,” McCulloch said.

The proposed sign for the fast-food restaurant was too large and the applicants needed to seek a sign variance from the zoning board, McCulloch said.

Village President Vincent Seeley initially anticipated the new Taco Bell would open in 2020.

No other parties have submitted applications for the lot, McCulloch said.

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