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Plans for LeRay plaza off Route 342 include auto dealership, parts store, retail space


A large multi-purpose shopping plaza that will include an auto dealership, parts store, repair shop, self-storage buildings and 12 spaces for retail businesses is planned for Route 342 and Eagle Ridge Road, located on the property in front of Eagle Ridge Village.

Developer Lewis G. Spicer of Blankenship LLC has submitted a site plan for the project that will be reviewed by the Planning Board at its meeting Thursday. Mr. Spicer, who co-owns Standard Auto Parts in Watertown, was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

By offering 15,770 square feet of retail space, Town Engineer Kris D. Dimmick said the plaza will offer the hundreds of families who live at Eagle Ridge Village convenient access to services and stores. He said that Mr. Spicer has collaborated with town officials to plan the project for about two years.

“It’s a reasonable thing to put around that stretch of town,” Mr. Dimmick said. “There’s not an auto parts store in the area, so if you live at Eagle Ridge it’s going to be really handy to have access right there.”

Designed by architect Wilbur D. Thesier, Carthage, plans for the project include two construction phases. Phase one will include a 5,000-square-foot auto dealership and repair shop, a 3,000-square-foot NAPA auto parts store, a 2,800-square-foot auto parts storage building and 7,760 square feet of multi-tenant space including six separate stores. A parking lot with room for 46 vehicles will be in front of the dealership.

Phase two will include an additional 7,200 square feet of multi-tenant space — six 1,120-square-foot spaces — to be located directly behind the front of the plaza. Two 5,000-square-foot self-storage buildings also will be constructed at the back of the property on Kestrel Drive.

A driveway looping around the plaza will link to Eagle Ridge Drive at the corner of Route 342. The plaza also will include three parking lots with a total of 127 spaces — 90 for customers and 37 for employees. An estimated 27 employees will staff the retail spaces, while a total of 10 will be employed at the auto repair and sales shops, according to the site plan.

The site plan also indicates that three barns, three sheds and a house located on the property will be demolished to clear the land for development.

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