BALLSTON — After a tumultuous 15 years for the Rossi family, and their 76-acre property in Ballston, it was decided that their land will finally see a Hannaford supermarket.
At a Nov. 28 planning board meeting, Hannaford Supermarkets received approval to build on the Rossi’s property, off Rt. 50/67 (Church Avenue) in Ballston. Construction is expected to begin in the spring, according to Frank Rossi II. Rossi is the son of property owners Frank Sr. Rossi and Rose Marie Rossi.
“The entire history of the first Walmart project through the approval of the Hannaford project has been about 15 years in the making. Obviously, with my parents celebrating their 80th birthdays in the past couple years, it’s been a very tough on them during the lows, but they are optimistic that they’ll finally see something built on the property in their lifetime,” Rossi II said.
Fifteen years ago the initial plans were to build a Walmart on the property, but in Nov. 30, 2016, Walmart had walked away from the project. According to Rossi, that same day just hours later he received a phone call saying Hannaford was interested.
The supermarket will be approximately 38,000 square- feet in size and will take up 22 of 76-acres. Rossi II is working with Tom Savino of CBRE to market the remainder of the property.
“We’re optimistic that with the development of the Hannaford store, it will drive interest from other users,” says Rossi II.
Highway improvements will also have to be made and will begin around the same time as construction. According to Sophia Morruso, Senior Planner for Ballston, part of the Rossi Planned Development District requires the construction of a loop road so that it will immediately be serving Hannaford.
According to a press release from Hannaford, the new location could bring between 100-110 full time and part-time jobs. The Ballston store will be located between existing Hannaford supermarket locations in Milton and Malta. Hannaford supermarkets operate 181 stores in the Northeast located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, with 51 stores in New York, alone.