ServU Credit Union and Walgreens seek to build new Corning locations
Applications to build a new Walgreens pharmacy on West Pulteney Street and a ServU Credit Union branch on East Denison Parkway were recently reviewed by the Corning Planning Commission.
The Walgreens drugstore project, if approved, would be built on a vacant site on Pulteney Street, near the city’s west entrance that once housed a Sugar Creek gas station, according to Jennifer Miller, director of planning and of the city’s economic development.
The ServU Credit Union location would be built on East Denison Parkway, across from Columbia Street from the Alternative School of Mathematics and Science, Miller said. Two single-family homes currently on the site, one on East Denison Parkway and one at the intersection of Cluthra Lane and Columbia Street, would be demolished to make way for the credit union site.
Both projects are in the early stages of review, according to Miller.
The former Sugar Creek location is one of many properties in town that have long struggled to attract developers and are eligible for a tax incentive as part of efforts to spur growth.
In 2015, city council designated sections of West Denison Parkway, Walnut Street, East Tioga Avenue, West Pulteney Street and Wardell Street as eligible sites for partial tax exemption.
The state property tax law allows governments to pass local law providing partial tax exemption from municipal, regional and school taxes.
âI think these are two positive projects,â Miller said. âThe redevelopment of the former Sugar Creek site will benefit from mixed-use tax incentives for the redevelopment of the restored brownfield site. I think the bank plan is consistent with making Denison Parkway more commercial. This represents another investment in our community.
Chris Sharkey, president of Corning Enterprises, said she believes reuse of the old Sugar Creek site on Pulteney Street would have a positive impact on the city.
“I think putting another new construction at one of the city’s gateways (the old Sugar Creek site) fits well with Corning’s Housing Partnership Initiative to fight the plague,” Sharkey said. âAnything we can do to make it a more welcoming and professional entry to the city is a good thing. ”
Miller said the city’s Planning Commission has not received a timeline for any of the proposed projects yet.
âProject SurvU has yet to determine whether it can access the site off Denison Parkway from the state Department of Transportation and has not provided the city with any plans for how the exterior of the building will look. Miller said. “Walgreens has yet to provide more documentation and reporting to the planning board.”