Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Planning board meets over Woodbury Commons proposed expansion

WOODBURY, N.Y. -- 220 stores apparently aren't enough. The Woodbury Common Premium Outlets might be getting a facelift that may include more retail stores among other new additions.

At a Village of Woodbury planning board meeting Wednesday, outlets spokesperson Danielle De Vita detailed some of the proposed changes designed to make the outlets center more "shopper friendly."

"Some of the things we're really excited about is just overhauling the center in terms of fixing the roofs, fixing the facades, fixing the landscaping, enhancing the heartscape, bringing in new amenities, bringing in features that enhance this customer experience. Really, pure upgrades so that the customer experience is much nicer than it is today," said De Vita.

The re-development of 60,000 square feet of space at the Commons was originally approved 15 years ago. But with changes in the surrounding area since then additional environmental impact assessments must be considered by the state and village.

With traffic on Route 32 being one of the biggest concerns.

"Within Orange County we're the funnel. We're at the bottom end of the funnel. We get it from north, south, west and east. It's a constant traffic," said Woodbury Planning Board Chairperson Maria Hunter.

A more detailed plan still needs to be submitted, and the work would have to be approved by both the village and the state. If all that happens, work on the estimated $100 million expansion project could begin in less than a year.

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