|Targeted for tasting room|
Capoccia Vineyards and Winery, which three years ago became Schenectady County's first winery, has announced plans to open its first retail store. And, it will not be at its 2820 Balltown Road, Niskayuna, facility. Instead, it will be part of downtown Schenectady's always-improving commercial scene.
The 2,600-square-foot store and tasting room is being developed in the Foster Building at 510 State Street, about midway between Clinton and Lafayette streets.
The entire building, which was purchased several months ago by Sequence Development of Troy for $475,000 from the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority, is undergoing the first phase of a two-stage development program that Sequence founder Jeff Buel expects to cost a total of about $6 million. The revival of the structure, situated in the desireable Proctors entertainment complex block but vacant for about two decades, will include offices and 12 loft apartments on the upper floors, as well as a rooftop deck connected to an adjacent building.
The retail store and tasting room probably will offer more than Capoccia products. Founder Justin Capoccia told the Business Review, "We're looking to carry anything local." He also said of the city, "It's come a long way. I've grown up in Schenectady ... They've really cleaned it up. We're pretty excited to be there."
This is the second announcement of a Schenectady alcoholic beverage business project in a month. In late August, the owners of Albany Distilling Company announced they plan to open a second distillery, and restaurant, in two currently vacant Schenectady commercial buildings on Yates Street.