The Granville location of the Tractor Supply Co. will proceed as planned following Monday night’s granting of an area zoning variance to Herbert and Tamara DuFour of Quaker Street.
The couple needed the variance to make room for the sale of a piece of their property to the TSC project developer, Schuyler Cos., which will allow the full footprint of the store to be realized.
The store will be attached to the existing Granville Plaza, home to Label Shopper and Slice of New York Pizza, and will extend south to meet the DuFours’ property line.
An external portion of the store, where equipment is displayed, required adjustment of the property boundary by the village; this outdoor area comes within about nine feet of the corner of the DuFour residence, creating the need for the variance.
Village zoning requires side yard setbacks of 15 feet.
The Granville Village Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously to grant the variance following a public hearing that lasted about 10 minutes.
No members of the public spoke at the public hearing for the variance and the only individual offering comment was the DuFours’ lawyer, John Winn. Winn presented the board with a 12-page memorandum outlining the DuFours’ request.
Board Chairman Stephen Lynch closed the public hearing after Winn spoke and the board discussed the merits of the case for about 15 minutes before approving the request.
The DuFours said they were just relieved the process was done and both parties could move forward.
“Everything is OK; now we’re just waiting for a closing then (Schuyler Cos.) can go at it,” Herb DuFour said after the meeting.
Mayor Jay Niles said afterward he thought the development resulting from the variance will be good for Granville.
“It’s very exciting for our citizens to have this major retailer coming here with everything from farm supplies to clothing, housewares and even gift items; it’s like a small department store in our town. It’s not exactly a mini-Ames but we’re getting closer,” Niles said.
At the Washington County Planning Board, Niles said comments were made by a number of people who plan to come to Granville because it is now closer to home than the current closest Tractor Supply Co. locations of Queensbury and Rutland, Vt.
With the price of a gallon of gas, Niles said, people are spending the day running errands in either of those two towns based around the TSC store locations. Now those people can start coming to Granville which should mean more business for other local businesses. The arrival of Tractor Supply should be a good thing for other local business people, he said.
“People will always shop in the local stores because you get personal service in the local businesses,” Niles said. The ripple effect of the new store means not just a few jobs, sales tax and property tax but more people coming to Granville and ultimately more development.
“I believe that this is the start of more development in the whole Granville community this will be a spark – like they say ‘development brings development,’” Niles said.
Work at the site is expected to begin soon after the closing.