SOMERS, N.Y. - “We’re trying to go as fast as we can to get the building up,” said John DeCicco Jr., opening his talk at the Somers Chamber of Commerce meeting last week.
Though DeCicco came prepared with renderings of the building and to talk layout, design and green technology to the group at Mama Rosa Ristorante on Wednesday, April 18, he knew “when will it be open” would be the one thing the group of business and town leaders really wanted to know about the boutique grocery coming to Somers.
“I’ll answer the million-dollar question. We’re trying really, really hard to make the end of the year,” DeCicco said. “I’m not 100 percent certain that’s going to happen because we need a sign-off from the state agencies like the DEC, DEP, DOT. So even if we make the end of the year to complete construction, we need to get those sign-offs and I’m not certain we can get that by Dec. 31.”
That collection of abbreviations stand for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation – all of which he needs to get permits from before people can begin to shop.
“You’re going to have a stampede at that place when it opens,” a woman yelled out from her table.
Fully built, the grocery will be 19,000 square feet, feature a mezzanine and have a back patio with seating overlooking the wetlands. The refrigeration system will be CO2-based, so it won’t impact the ozone layer, DeCicco said, and the waste heat from the refrigeration will keep the store warm.
“Everyone’s always freezing in the supermarket, so we’re hoping in this store the floor is going to stay warm so the shoppers will stay warm,” DeCicco said. “That’s something we’re going to be pioneering.”
The entrance will be across from Heritage Hills and sidewalks will be built down to Somers Middle School, connecting to the center of town around Bailey’s Court. A mulch path will connect to the Somerstown Shopping Center.
Then, from the back of the room, a woman yelled out, “Will you have a bar? That’s what we want to know!”
Yes, there will be a bar, DeCicco soothed the crowd, “probably the largest one of all the stores.”
DeCicco & Sons is building its latest outlet as part of a proposed condominium development behind Somerstown Shopping Center.
Jim Boniello and his son, Ryan, also presented details of their 66-unit condo complex at the chamber dinner.
The grocery and the condos will be tied into the Heritage Hills Wastewater Treatment Plant via sewers and the homes will feature geothermal technologies for heating and cooling. One of the units will be donated to the town for special needs youth.
The condos will range in size from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet and in price from $689,000 to $849,000.
All of the units will feature quartz countertops, two-car garages, full basements, GE appliances, hardwood floors, Kohler fixtures and gas fireplaces.
“These are going to be absolutely beautiful,” Ryan Boniello said.
The target demographic is the empty-nester population looking to downsize, while the bigger condos will likely attract families.
The goal, Ryan Boniello said, is to have the foundation in the ground by this summer with a model unit done soon after.