ShopRite has expressed an interest in expanding to Clifton Park, but it won’t happen if Friends of Clifton Park Open Space has their way. The grocery store chain coming to the area depends on an April 4th vote regarding the land’s fate.
The 32 acres of land where the ShopRite would be built has become quite the controversial topic in Clifton Park. The Shenendehowa Central School District, who owns the land, voted last December to sell the parcel to BBL Construction for just over $2 million – green space advocates in Clifton Park are not happy.
Friends of Clifton Park collected 7,000 signatures to force the referendum that is happening on Tuesday. The public will be able to vote on whether or not the land should go to BBL, although it has no legal right to halt the sale.
BBL has an ongoing relationship with ShopRite, who is considering opening up a new store on this land. The store would be the chain’s first in Saratoga County, but management isn’t getting too ahead of itself until the vote has taken place.
“We have expressed interest in opening a ShopRite store at this location and being part of the Clifton Park community,” ShopRite Spokeswoman Karen O’Shea told the Times Union, “but we also respect the process and understand there is a pending referendum.”
BBL is offering to donate about 21 acres of the 32 to the town to develop into a park. Fliers supporting the sale say, “Vote YES for a Park,” indicating that the sale would in fact result in some of the area staying a green space.
Critics of the sale point out that the town has not stated they’ll accept the land for a park; the sale doesn’t guarantee a park.
Where do you stand on the sale of this coveted green space?