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New Business, New Problem?

It seems like an opportunity to expand. But will it hurt our local community? This week the mayor announced plans for Stewart’s Shops to come to East Utica.
It seems like an opportunity to expand. But will it hurt our local community? This week the mayor announced plans for Stewart’s Shops to come to East Utica.

Parkway Pizza has been on Culver Street for 20 years. Family owned and run, they built an entirely new restaurant this summer complete with a new gelato stand. But with Stewart’s well known ice cream counter, Parkway Pizza has its concerns.

"We're a small business. The way the economy is, big chains, it's kind of hard for not just us but a lot of local businesses around here," says Peter Logolbo, Parkway Pizza, co-owner.

But businesses aren't the only ones with concerns. Sam Sardina lives within feet of the lot that could be the new home of Stewart’s Shops. He says the construction will be very disruptive to the residential community during and after.

"It's going to be horrible. It's going to take a while and it's going to upset the whole neighborhood. I'm really upset that it's going to be some place that's 24 hours because the things that happen after hours in this neighborhood is horrible," he says.

The mayor contacted Councilman Joe Marino about the plans. Marino says he plans to work with Stewart’s to make sure the concerns of the people and businesses in East Utica are addressed.

"I do have concerns. I have concerns for the neighbors; I have concerns for the businesses. And I look forward in the coming weeks to talking to them and seeing if all sides can come together," he says.
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