PLATTSBURGH — Construction of a Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel store in the Town of Plattsburgh is expected to start in mid May or early June.
The Town Planning Board unanimously approved plans this week for the 20,000-square-foot store, to be built just west of Garvey Hyundai.
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Lenny’s co-owner Todd McCarthy said they would like to be open by August or September and will probably have 15 to 20 full- and part-time employees.
“I think we will be a great fit in the community,” he said.
McCarthy and his brother, Mark, own four Lenny’s stores in Vermont — in Barre, St. Albans and Williston, as well as a Lenny’s Outlet, also in Barre.
The stores carry family-oriented footwear and clothing, with a strong emphasis on work clothes and sporting wear. Brands include Carhartt, Columbia, Merrell, New Balance, North Face, Red Wing, Timberland, Wolverine, Woolrich, Under Armour, Uggs and others.
McCarthy said they recently landed the Dansko clog line, a big addition to their product offerings.
The L-shaped building would feature an Adirondack-inspired theme, with the main entrance at a corner of the building. The plan was approved with 70 parking spaces, with room for 10 more if necessary.
It would feature a combination of stone and siding on the exterior and a metal roof. Three cupolas are planned: one at the entrance and two on the ends of the building.
The store would have town water and sewer service.
There is room for other businesses in the building, and Todd said they have some interested parties.
One condition of approval is to build a sidewalk along the driveway to Tom Miller Road if the town were to install sidewalks along that road.
The McCarthys own 62 acres at the site. The property could be subdivided for further development at a later date, Todd said.
The driveway from Tom Miller Road could later become a town road that would connect with Plaza Boulevard to the south.
Plans for a 15,000-square-foot Lenny’s store in the Eaglefeather subdivision on Tom Miller Road were approved by the Planning Board last June.
But that site required waiver of covenants put in place by CVPH Medical Center, the former owner of the property, that said the land could only be used for medical-related businesses.
CVPH and Champlain Pain and Spine Management agreed to the waiver, but the owners of Mountain View Pediatrics didn’t. They cited concerns about increased traffic and possible delays in the case of emergency transport of patients to the hospital.
The McCarthys abandoned that plan due to the delay caused in seeking a solution to the traffic issue.
Town and county officials have supported the project from the beginning, Todd said.
“Everybody we have encountered and worked with has been really good to us,” he said.
Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett welcomed the McCarthys’ continued commitment to the area despite last year’s issues.
“It’s another offering that fills a unique niche for the community,” he said. “The design fits well with marketing and our location on the Adirondack Coast.”
Bassett said the town would love to see additional businesses on the property and creation of the town road, also.
“That would be great for development and traffic flow, as well,” he said.
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