A new retail center could be replacing Fairmount Plaza.
Robert Roller of Buffalo, the same developer who packaged the Wegmans/Kmart plaza on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott, is working on the new proposal.
Town of Ellicott Supervisor Patrick Tyler has been waiting for final confirmation for two weeks, but he now believes Roller could deliver his plan almost simultaneously to the Town Board and the Planning Board next week.
"We had expected Bob Roller to send us a letter stating that he would want to meet with the Town Board Nov. 6 at our regular meeting," Tyler said. "The Town Board would have to refer the plans to the Planning Board for its review, and that board meets the same night. We have not received that letter yet, though."
Tyler has seen preliminary plans for the project. The current 19-acre plaza would be replaced by a 30-acre commercial site, which would incorporate a big chunk of undeveloped land behind the plaza and several surrounding residential properties.
"Roller would have to ask for a zoning change on some of those surrounding properties," Tyler added.
The developer, who could not be reached for comment, has given the town no names of the stores he is dealing with. Each building would be close to 100,000 square feet, making the plaza twice the size of SAM's Club, which is right across the street.
"The project would involve two large stores, but he did not disclose names on either one. He did indicate that one store is already signed, but the other was not signed yet," Tyler said.
Merchants in the Fairmount Plaza have heard that both Target, a Midwest-based discount department store chain, and Loewe's, a building supply and lumber company, are possibilities.
Land surveys and some other preliminary site work have already been completed in areas adjacent to the plaza.