Two more chains lock in plaza store slots

GREENPORT–Greenport Commons is on the grow again.

The Widewaters Group’s shopping complex at the north end of Fairview Avenue/Route 9 will add two new stores, Planning Board Chairman Don Alger told the Town Board at its meeting Wednesday, March 2.

A PetSmart retail store will go up next to the TJ Maxx store. PetSmart sells food, toys and accessories for pets of all kinds. The firm also sells birds, fish, reptiles and small pets like gerbils and hamsters–but not dogs or cats.

Services offered include adoptions, grooming, training by certified instructors, “Doggie Day Camp,” PetsHotel overnight boarding, and veterinary services.

Also coming, to the existing building just behind the Applebee’s restaurant, is Five Below, a youth-targeted retailer selling sporting goods, media, clothing, room decor and such, all for five dollars or less.

The new Kohl’s store at the center officially opened for business Wednesday, March 9, joining the Walmart and Lowe’s stores at the eastern side of the complex.

Also at the March meeting, the Town Board:

*Heard from John Duchessi of The Grant Writers that he is working with Police Chief Kevin Marchetto to find grant money for a new police vehicle; and that the state Office of Parks is to go through the old tollhouse on Route 23 to help determine the cost of finishing the renovation

*Heard from Mr. Duchessi that the deadline to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds is May 27, and that the town must hold a public hearing before selecting a project or projects; $400,000 is available for housing rehabilitation or public facilities; $600,000 for water or sewer projects, or $900,000 for combined water/sewer

*Appointed Cindy Tracey Town Court clerk (replacing Sonia Lehtinen), at $15 per hour for no more than 30 hours per week

*Heard from Highway Superintendent Mark Gaylord that County Waste picked up refuse near his home at 5 a.m. on a recent day in violation of the town’s new ordinance forbidding pick-up before 7 a.m. on weekdays

*Heard from Supervisor Edward Nabozny that March 25 is the deadline for nominations for the Senior Citizen of the Year award. For information call the county Office for the Aging, 828-4258

*Set public hearings beginning at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 on changes to the town code relating to outdoor signs, and parking of oversized vehicles on town streets.

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