The site plan for the propsed Hannaford Supermarket at 801 Cypress St. was approved by the city Planning Board in its first meeting of 2019.
The five-member volunteer body re-elected Mark Esposito as chair and Tom Arcuri as vice chair before reviewing the items on its agenda Tuesday night.
Tyler Sterling of Hannaford’s real estate division told the board that the Rome store would be based on “a newer protoype.” The 49,000 square foot store will include a separate bottle and can return center, a drive-thru pharamacy, and a pickup window for the company’s online shopping service, Hannaford To Go.
“It’s almost the price of entry ... for anyone who’s trying to sell groceries now,” he said of the service.
Sterling added that the store would not be open 24 hours and would likely run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Project consultant Brandee Nelson of Tighe and Bond Engineers told the board that the store would be heavliy landscaped with trees “screening” the building’s utilities and loading docks from nearby residences. The lights in and around the store’s parking lot would be LED and downward facing to reduce light pollution, she added.
In the public comment portion of the Hannaford presentation, resident Kevin Merchant asked how the traffic brought in by the store would affect the neighborhood. Traffic is often backed up on West Chestnut Street at the intersection with Turin, Merchant said, and the store’s presence might compound that.
Nelson responded that, while seeking approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals last week, she reached out to the state Department of Transportation for input.
“We just got a letter back last week, that they didn’t have any comments on the traffic,” she said. “They said its city jurisdiction.”
Some members of the board agreed that a traffic study would be prudent, but that it was “beyond the scope” of the site plan review on their agenda, which was approved unanimously by the volunteer board.
The new Byrne Dairy store and gas station on the corner of Erie Boulevard East and Depeyster Street met board approval last night, as well. Christian Brunelle, the company’s vice president of store development, told the board that the new store would closely resemble the Byrne Dairy store on Oriskany Boulevard in the village of Whitesboro.
The store will retain “25 to 30” employees and will be open 365 days a year.
There would be “amenities” on the property, incuding picnic tables and a gazebo, Brunelle said, and the site would have pedestrian access.
Of the existing store at the intersection of North James and Turin, Brunelle said the company was still mulling its options. If that store closes, he said, the “10 or so” employees there would “almost definitely be offered jobs here,” at the new store.
Also approved by the Planning Board Tuesday night:
An environmental impact review and site plan for a 40-spot parking lot at Dart Circle on Griffiss.
The sketch plan for a 2,560 square foot addition to the boarding facility and a roughly 2,000 square foot addition to the veterinary clinic at All Creatures Boarding, 6572 Williams Road.
Alterations to a Historic District property at 209 N. Washington St., formerly Gulla Funeral Home, including the addition of windows.