Watertown Planning Board rejects McDonald’s proposal

A resident addresses the Watertown city Planning Board on Tuesday about the proposed zoning change to accommodate a proposed McDonald’s restaurant. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

A resident addresses the Watertown city Planning Board on Tuesday about the proposed zoning change to accommodate a proposed McDonald’s restaurant. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

A bunch of Chestnut Street residents weren’t loving it.

The city’s Planning Board unanimously turned down a zoning change Tuesday that would have allowed a McDonald’s restaurant to be built at Washington and Chestnut streets after about 35 residents came out in opposition.

The issue still must be decided by a vote from the Watertown City Council, which is expected to hold a public hearing June 2 on the proposal. [Read more…]

All season’s power equipment

Construction is nearly complete on a roughly 2,000-square-foot building on Utica Boulevard, Lowville, for All Season’s Power Equipment, which will essentially replace the Lyndaker Sales & Service’s lawn and farm equipment and chainsaw business on Cut Off Road near Beaver Falls. The new store, a one-story wood frame building, is slated to open by summer, represents a roughly $60,000 investment. Once the new location opens, the Lyndakers’ Beaver Falls location will remain open on a limited basis. Steve Virkler / NNY Business

Construction is nearly complete on a roughly 2,000-square-foot building on Utica Boulevard, Lowville, for All Season’s Power Equipment, which will essentially replace the Lyndaker Sales & Service’s lawn and farm equipment and chainsaw business on Cut Off Road near Beaver Falls. The new store, a one-story wood frame building, is slated to open by summer, represents a roughly $60,000 investment. Once the new location opens, the Lyndakers’ Beaver Falls location will remain open on a limited basis. Steve Virkler / NNY Business

WHAT: New small engine repair and retail store

LOCATION: Utica Boulevard, Lowville

OWNERS: Lyndaker Sales & Service, Beaver Falls

SIZE: The roughly 2,000-square-foot building would essentially replace the Lyndakers’ lawn and farm equipment and chainsaw business on Cut Off Road near Beaver Falls.

COST: About $60,000

COMPLETION: Late spring or summer 2014

LOCAL JOBS: A handful of construction jobs and retail positions when commplete

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. After the move, the Beaver Falls location is to remain open on a limited basis.

Compiled by Steve Virkler

What’s Happening Here?

Construction on a 7,380-square-foot AutoZone on U.S. Route 11 in LeRay between Walmart and Interstate 781 is slated for completion early this winter. A multi-tenant building is also in the works to the north. Leah Buletti / NNY Business

Construction on a 7,380-square-foot AutoZone on U.S. Route 11 in LeRay between Walmart and Interstate 781 is slated for completion early this winter. A multi-tenant building is also in the works to the north. Leah Buletti / NNY Business

What: 7,380-square-foot AutoZone auto parts and service retailer, the first of six to eight retail stores planned for the area. The access road between Freedom Plaza and the AutoZone will also be extended by about 1,000 feet west.

Location: Route 11 in the Town of LeRay

Contractor: Developer Michael L. Lundy owns the land and his construction firm Lunco Corp., West Carthage, is building the AutoZone as well as a 10,500 square foot multi-tenant building for businessman Robert D. Ferris on two acres north of Freedom Plaza on the west side of the highway off the southbound lane. The AutoZone will be to the immediate south. Mr. Ferris also owns a two-acre parcel to the immediate north.

Anticipated completion: Early January, 2014. Mr. Ferris said the building will be open by the spring and have a minimum of three tenants and a maximum of five, including a store in which he intends to sell items similar to those sold at Big Apple Music, which he owns off Arsenal Street in Watertown.

Declared value: More than $1 million

Local jobs: Several full- and part-time employees, in addition to numerous construction jobs.

What’s Happening Here?

Construction on the Northern Federal Credit Union branch in LeRay in front of the Walmart Supercenter is slated for completion this spring. Leah Buletti/NNY Business

Construction on the Northern Federal Credit Union branch in LeRay in front of the Walmart Supercenter is slated for completion this spring. Leah Buletti/NNY Business

Northern Credit Union LeRay Branch

What: Northern CU’s seventh branch, broke ground Monday, Aug. 26. Other Northern CU branches are in Gouverneur, Lowville, Adams, West Carthage and two in Watertown. The LeeRay branch will feature a self-service area with ATMs and an automatic coin counter, three SMART offices where members can speak with loan officers through video chat, four drive-through lanes with ATM and SMART technology and tablet-equipped waiting areas to expedite service.

Location: Route 11, in front of the Evans Mills Walmart

Completion: February/March 2014

Declared value: $2.5 million

Architect: GYMO Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying, Watertown

General contractor: Hueber-Breuer Construction Company, Syracuse; Louis Box, Sandy Creek, is project manager and Scott Phelps, Dexter, is superintendent.

Local jobs: Four new full-time positions at the branch, in addition to numerous construction jobs for six months.

What’s happening here?

Excavation work continues at the former Bomax site by outer Coffeen Street where a new Nice N Easy convenience store is being constructed. Norm Johnston/ NNY Business

What: Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes convenience store with 16-dispenser fuel canopy and drive-through window.

Where: Former Bomax site on Route 12F, outer Coffeen Street at Salmon Run Mall Road across from Jefferson County Industrial Park.

Owner: Valentine Stores Inc. Brothers Edward J. and John P. Valentine, who own about a dozen in the region, including one just a mile down the road at 19853 Route 12F in the town of Hounsfield. In March, the brothers told town officials that they hoped to target mall traffic, Canadian shoppers and Interstate 81 travelers.

Size: 5,808-square-feet

Architecture & Design: GYMO Architecture, Engineering & Land Surveying, Watertown.

Real Estate: Zircon Development LLC, a development company associated with Valentine Stores Inc., purchased a 0.459 acre property for $1,050,000 from Prime LLC and a 1.29 acre property for $350,000 from Toped Management Services Inc., both owned by Alexandria Bay developer P.J. Simao, for the development of the convenience store and gas station. The property is part of the former site of Bomax Inc., a manufacturer of small motors, which closed operations in 2004.

Completion: Several months, though no opening date has been announced. Site preparation began July 8.

Local jobs: More than a dozen construction jobs; several local contracting companies for construction. Nearly a dozen full- and part-time hourly and store management jobs once operational.

Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What’s happening here?

Developers and public officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton on the site of the former Frink snowplow factory on Thursday, June 27. Photo by Amanda Morrison/ NNY Business

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

What: Four-story, 105-room hotel and conference center; includes 275 to 300-seat ballroom and conference center, an 80 to 100-seat restaurant, an indoor pool with a Jacuzzi, a business center and a fitness center overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

Owner: Clayton Harbor Hotel LLC, a 50/50 partnership between Orchard Park-based developer Krog Corp. and Hart Hotels, will own 7 acres of the 8.4-acre Frink site. Clayton will maintain ownership of the remaining 1.37 acres of the former brownfield site, including the riverwalk and future public dock facilities. Hart Hotels will be responsible for the planning, marketing, management and operation of the hotel.

Location: Fomer Frink snowplow factory, Clayton off Riverside Drive.

Completion: Memorial Day 2014

Declared value: $22.5 million; additional planned $3.5 million project to build 12 townhouses on east side of Frink site.

General contractor: Krog Corp., Orchard Park.

Local jobs: About 90 full-time hotel jobs; several local contracting companies for construction

Hours: Year-round operation.

-Compiled by Leah Buletti

What’s happening here?

Bottle caps beverage center

What: A beer sales and convenience store with cigar selection, located in the downstairs of Arsenal Street Wine and Liquor, accessible through a separate entrance.

OWNER: Mary R. Miles

Location: 940 Arsenal St., Watertown.

Size: 2,400-square-feet of
new retail space

Estimated completion: End of May; opening in June

Declared value: $80,000

General contractor: DMA Construction, Carthage.

Local jobs: About a dozen construction jobs; five retail employees.

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

— Compiled by Kyle R. Hayes

What’s happening here?

Superior Walls employee Karl L. Watts, Dansville, guides a foundation wall into place while working at the Collegiate Village of Potsdam along Main Street in Potsdam in mid-March. Photo by Jason Hunter/NNY Business.

Collegiate Village of Potsdam

Location: 206 W. Main St., Potsdam.

Size: 300 beds in 100 units on 18 acres of land.

Architects: Westchester Modular, Wingdale, and Lauer-Manguso, Buffalo.

Design engineer: Aaron Jarvis, Tisdale & Associates, Canton.

General contractor: Renewal Housing Corp., Buffalo.

Site preparation: Sheehan Dinneen Inc., Potsdam.

Jobs: Approximately 90 percent of construction labor comes from St. Lawrence County.

Estimate completion: 144 beds completed in 2013; 156 beds completed by the end of 2014.

— Compiled by Kyle R. Hayes

What’s happening here?

Work continues on the 6.6-acre site of North Country Ag off Ross Road in Lowville. Upon completion later this year, the business will sell farm equipment and feed from a 4,320-square-foot building. Photo by Christina Scanlon/NNY Business.

North Country Ag LLC

What: Farm equipment and feed store. North Country Ag is a joint venture of Finger Lakes Dairy Services Inc., a livestock supply and equipment distributor, and Keystone Mills, which sells feed for livestock and pets.

Location: Off Ross Road, Lowville.

Size: 4,320-square-foot building on a 6.6-acre parcel

Declared value: Less than $100,000

General: Adirondack Valley Builders, Lowville.

Estimated completion: Fall 2013

Local jobs: About a dozen construction jobs; half-dozen retail jobs when complete.

— Compiled by Kyle R. Hayes

What’s happening here?

A bulldozer smooths stone last month while laying the foundation of the expansion for North Country Neurology on Washington Street in Watertown. The $1.2 million project is expected to be complete in late spring. Photo by Amanda Morrison/NNY Business.

North Country Neurology expansion

Location: 1340 Washington St., Watertown

Size: Approximately 6,400 square feet

Cost: $1.2 million

Design/build: LUNCO Corp., Carthage

Estimated completion: Spring 2013

Local jobs: About a dozen construction jobs; two new neurologists will join the practice in July, following the completion of the expansion.