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Scoopuccino’s receives approval for new site in village of Potsdam


POTSDAM — The village Planning Board has approved a site plan application for a new location for Scoopuccino’s, which is expected to be displaced by the construction of a Hampton Inn.

Frederick Hanss, village director of planning and development, said the tentative new location for the restaurant, 62 Country Lane, across from Lowe’s store, would fit well with the village’s efforts to increase activity along Market Street north of downtown.

“I would say this is probably one of those projects that does what we want to do on Market Street,” he said.

In February, the board accepted the site plan for the proposed Hampton Inn, a three-story, 95-room hotel intended to address the lack of available hotel rooms in Potsdam. The hotel is to be built at 167-169 Market St., the site of Scoopuccino’s and Ton’s Sports Bar, which recently announced plans to relocate to a location to be determined.

The Hampton Inn, a project of Corning-based management company Vision Hotels, is estimated to cost $6 million to $7 million. Mr. Hanss said the remaining steps include obtaining a building permit from village code enforcement officer Larry Colbert and receiving funding for the project.

The Planning Board also approved a site plan last week for the expansion of Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

In March, the board members expressed disappointment that architects for the project hadn’t kept them informed when they changed plans for stormwater runoff. Prior to that meeting, board members had learned of the changes from officials working on the $5.5 million expansion of the hospital’s medical office complex at 49 Lawrence Ave.

The original plan called for water to be collected in above-ground ponds and underground reservoirs, where it would slowly seep back into the soil. Architect Brooks Washburn presented a revised plan that eliminates the underground containers and increases the size of the storage ponds.

He said hospital officials had previously told the board they were working on a limited budget and weren’t sure if they would have enough funding for the storage tanks.

Board member James F. Corbett said the board wasn’t blaming the developers and wanted to ensure that no new construction adds to the village’s already taxed stormwater system.

“We’re not blaming the hospital. ... We just don’t want to exacerbate the problem,” he said.

Board member Ted Prahl said the board found the hospital’s site plan favorable with the only recommendations being to add one or two more handicapped parking spaces.

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