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DeWitt board says Aldi is 'just about a go'

The long-awaited Aldi grocery store is about to to be coming to DeWitt, according to members of the town board.

“Aldi is just about a go,” said member Tony Albanese just prior to Monday’s board meeting. “There’s just legwork left in the process.”

Board member Irene Scruton explained that the variances have been approved by the town board, and the plans for the store, which will be right across the street from Wegman’s on East Genesee Street, will be reviewed by the planning board at its next meeting.

The next step is to get all the zoning variances set, Scruton said.

In turn, Town Engineer Mike Kolceski brought to the board a motion to move forward with the beginning phases of moving the water main in the middle of East Genesee Street, right by the proposed Aldi, out of there and into a better spot, which hasn’t been settled upon yet.

The main is 50 or 60 years old, according to Kolceski, and its replacement was made possible by the proposed Aldi.

“If the Aldi wasn’t coming in, we probably wouldn’t be doing this,” Kolceski said.

He said every other main in the town has been replaced, and while this main hasn’t had many major problems, it is time for it to be moved into a safer location. The board and Kolceski cited workers not having to be in the middle of the road to work on it as one of the safety positives.

“The next step is that approval is up to the planning board,” Kolceski told the Eagle Bulletin.

Please keep an eye on eaglebulletin.com for a more in-depth look at the Aldi proposal, as well as what’s next for the water main, which still needs a vote and a public hearing.

The board passed a motion for Kolceski to go ahead and begin the process of material replacement.

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