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TOPS PRESENTS NEW PLAN FOR STORE IN ALDEN

Tops Tuesday presented the Alden Village Board a revised plan incorporating an additional parcel of land in the Town of Alden. The revised plan answers previous drainage concerns but raises others.

Although most of the construction site, rests inside the village, an additional 24,000 square feet of as-yet-undetermined retail space falls onto town land.

While each entity would collect taxes on its portion, it is unclear which would foot the bill for services such as water, sewer and police protection.

"I am in favor of the project in terms of jobs," said Mayor Michael Retzlaff. "I cannot, however, support a project that gives away village services for free."

The Tops proposal calls for drainage to a retention pond located on the town portion, with water and sewer lines coming in from village connections. Who would provide police protection is undetermined. Currently, there are no provisions for paying for services.

After initial approval from both boards, the plan needs to meet state state Department of Environmental Conservation requirements and go through the rezoning process in both the village and town.

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