ILION — Aldi’s will be building a new, larger store and the Ilion village board got its first look at the site plans during a meeting Wednesday.
Project Manager Kurt Charland, of Bergmann Associates. of Rochester, said the new 21,900-square-foot store will be located on vacant land in the rear of the lot at 166 Central Ave., where the present store is located.
The present store is about 15,000 square feet and plans call for keeping it open during construction, although the space will likely be reduced to about 9,500 square feet.
"We want to keep the existing building open as long as possible," said Charland.
Once the new building is complete, there will be a brief shutdown prior to the opening of the new store.
Plans call for the new store to have 126 parking spaces, which meets the code requirements for both the new and existing store, he said. New storm water infrastructure is part of the plan.
The appearance of the new structure will match the Aldi’s prototype buildings with a red brick exterior.
There will also be landscaping work as part of the project.
The existing store will be demolished.
The entrance and traffic pattern will remain the same, according to Charland.
Asked when construction would begin, he said he wasn’t sure, but thought it would likely be in the spring of 2018.
Trustee Bridget McKinley noted the village has been certified as a New York State Energy Research and Development Clean Energy Community and has standards for energy efficiency.
"Aldi’s strives to be energy efficient," said Charland.
He also said there would be LED lights in the store’s parking lot.
He said customers would see an upgrade when the new store opens, but he did not expect additional traffic in the long run.
Mayor Terry Leonard commented that the suggestion a traffic light should be placed at that location on Central Avenue has come up more than once, "but DOT (state Department of Transportation) doesn’t want to hear about it."
Route 51 (Central Avenue) is a state highway.
Village Administrator James Kramas said he would work with Charland to set up a timeline for the project.