By REBECCA ISENHART
NISKAYUNA — A Stewart’s may soon replace the Mobil station convenience store at the corner of Balltown Road and Nott Street, according to town officials and a Stewart’s spokeswoman.
At a Niskayuna Town Board meeting on Monday, June 9, Jon Kaplan of Red-Kap Sales Inc., who holds a long-term lease for the property, applied to sublease the store to Stewart’s Shops.
Town Supervisor Joe Landry said he expected the approval process to go smoothly, as the transition would only require a use variance, not a zoning change, which is tougher to obtain.
The approval process will begin with a public hearing on June 23. After the hearing, the Planning Board will make a recommendation to the Town Board. Approval from the Conservation Advisory Council would also be required.
“I’m very optimistic,” Landry said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the public has to say.”
Maria D’Amelia, a spokeswoman for Stewart’s, said once the town gives the go-ahead, the company will waste no time. “We expect to start the work in the fall, if everything goes as planned,” D’Amelia said. She predicted construction would begin in September and last about a month.
D’Amelia said the building itself would require some work before the Stewart’s sign could be hung. Construction crews would add windows to the facade, remove bay doors on the garages out back, and “put a more Stewart’s-style roof on,” she said.
D’Amelia said she was unsure whether the current employees of the Mobil convenience store would be invited to work at the new Stewart’s, should the plans come to fruition.
The Town Planning Board has called a public hearing regarding the application at the June 23 meeting, which is at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
All those affected by the building are invited to provide comment.