Construction at Shoppers Square, which includes the building of a new Price Chopper Supermarket, is ongoing with workers making visible progress at the site over the past week.
“That's coming along nice now,” said Little Falls Mayor Robert Peters during a telephone interview on Wednesday.
The project was originally expected to be completed in late fall.
Peters said on Wednesday that now the city hopes for the construction to be completed by April 2014. He said some problems occurred because of the rock found underground at the site by construction workers.
“Little Falls is known for that,” said Peters, referring to its rock.
In March, the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency supported the $6.5 million project, which will include a modern, 30,500 square-foot Price Chopper. The project is expected to create 20 full-time and 90 part-time jobs. The new supermarket is expected to have a selection of fresh produce, meat, seafood, deli, dairy, frozen food and grocery products.
The mayor said the work is being done privately, but the IDA has given incentives for the project to happen. According to an agreement with the IDA, Price Chopper Operating Company will receive $320,287 in financial assistance in the form of an 8.25 percent sales tax exemption for the project.
According to a March 7 article in The Times, “the straight lease agreement will allow the IDA to hold nominal title to the property at 55 E. Main St., and will offer the Price Chopper Operating Company exemption from sales and mortgage recording taxes, and reduced real property taxes.”
It also stated that, “in addition to the demolition of a portion of Shoppers Square for the construction of Price Chopper, the project's plans call for renovations to the remaining portion of the building.”
Several small stores were located at the site before it was demolished in the spring. All but one, said Peters, has relocated to different parts of the city. The Big M closed its doors in December 2012.
On Thursday, several construction vehicles were operating throughout the site. A wall has been erected on the eastern end of the lot, and workers were constructing a wall on the opposite end. Workers also poured sidewalks along East Main Street earlier this week.
“They're doing a lot more now than they did the first two months, which is good,” said Peters. “It looks like we're going to have something there now.”
Price Chopper Supermarkets, based in Schenectady, has 132 grocery stores in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont.