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NAPA preliminary site plan approved by West Carthage Planning Board

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WEST CARTHAGE — With the approval of a preliminary site plan, Gillee’s NAPA Auto Parts store is one step closer to moving across the bridge. The store at 220 N. Mechanic St., Carthage, plans to relocate to an 8,000-square-foot structure to be built at 22 Broad St.

Following a presentation by developer Michael E. Lundy, CEO of Lundy Development Corp., and review of regulations, the village Planning Board gave its approval.

The developer also plans to build on the adjacent property next to Price Chopper Plaza. He said the two properties will have a shared driveway.

Mr. Lundy discussed lighting that would include wall pack lighting on the sides and back of the property and pole lights that are dark-sky compliant in the front, similar to those beside the Pizza Hut building across the street.

He said the area behind the building would be paved to allow for maneuvering of tractor-trailers making deliveries.

To improve visibility from the roadway, every other spruce tree between the properties and the plaza would be removed.

Planning Board Chairman Ronald J. Blinebry asked about the trash bin enclosure and suggested chain link fencing with vinyl slats.

Mr. Lundy said the facade colors — blue with yellow accents — are standardized by NAPA. Mr. Blinebry requested a photo of a prototype.

Signage was mentioned but not finalized. Mr. Lundy said the store would have a pedestal-style sign.

The board agreed the planned 42 parking spaces would be sufficient and would have to include two handicapped spaces.

The board will hold a public hearing on the store plans at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the village municipal building, 61 High St.

Kathleen M. Amyot, River Area Council of Governments circuit rider, reported to the board about the recent meetings concerning the urbanized area designation. Using information from the 2012 census, a computer formula determined that outlying areas of Watertown may be classified as urbanized. The villages of Black River, Carthage, Deferiet, Herrings and West Carthage and the towns of Champion, Rutland, Watertown and Wilna fall within this designation.

Mrs. Amyot said storm water regulations would be affected by the change.

“It’s my understanding that the 100-year flood water runoff plan that has always been left to the developer and Jefferson County to review, now the village has to sign off on it,” Mr. Blinebry said.

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