Rockland Bakery Proposes Expansion

Application before Clarkstown Planning Board would add second facility for cake production


The Rockland Bakery has submitted an application to the Clarkstown Planning Board for an additional facility to bake cakes for wholesale distribution.  The application requests approval for a 31,620-square-foot facility on 3.2 acres along West Nyack Road in Nanuet.

According to Clarkstown Town Planner Joe Simoes, the application is still in the preliminary stages. The planning board will review the application at its Wednesday night meeting.   He said the facility is being referred to as the Demarest Mill Bakery to differentiate it from the existing Rockland Bakery. 

The proposed location is on the south side of West Nyack Road, approximately 400 feet west of Demarest Mill Road. No variances would be required. The property, which is located between Toys R Us and County Gas Service, is currently used for parking the bakery’s trucks and tractor-trailers. 

The zoning for light industrial/office,” he said. “This is an acceptable use.”

Simoes said the project is for minor manufacturing, including the baking of 80 percent of the cakes prepared for wholesale distribution. It would feature a two-story building with a mezzanine, warehouse and storage space. The retail operation would remain at 94 Demarest Mill Road, the present location. 

“There is no retail,” said Simoes of the proposed expansion.

The Rockland Bakery is described on its website as one of the largest bakeries in the Northeast. It has more than 100 trucks on the road and four distribution centers. 

We deliver as far north as the Massachusetts border and as far south as Delaware including metro New York, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Albany, Harrisburg and the Lehigh Valley.

The proposed site would be gated and Simoes said the 64 parking spaces provided would be for facility employees and trucks.  The site plan provides 32 standard size car parking spaces sized 10 feet by 19.5 feet, 10 extra large spaces for box trucks of 10 feet by 25 feet, 14 truck spaces of 10 feet by 30 feet and eight tractor-trailer spaces measuring 10 feet by 55 feet. Additionally, a maintenance garage with fuel pumps, an underground fuel storage system and two indoor loading bays would be constructed. 

Simoes noted the application was filed in December 2010.  He said a traffic study has been completed and reviewed and an environmental review must still be completed. The town’s Architectural Review Board must also consider the application. Rockland Bakery’s owners could not be reached for comment on the application.

Justin A January 09, 2013 at 06:29 PM
A buidling that size would be wasted if it was only used for wholesale cake orders. I am pretty sure the building would be to house a larger pastry production area, not just there cakes. Rockland has had the same pastry production area for as long as I can remember, even as they have expanded the size of the bakery its self.
anselmr358 January 09, 2013 at 06:47 PM
. I understand there are procedures that must be followed but Its quite amazing that it would take the town planning board more then two years to get this far a long. If I was the reporter I would have asked them "is this is the normal amount of time it takes for a commercial propierty owner to be approved to build on their land that was already zoned for such a project?" , and if not " what is the hold up?" This is a project that would help a lot of local businesses who are all hurting right now , and if that isnt enough for them how about the increased tax revenue they will see to help them balance their budget.
Justin A January 09, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Just an added thought for the planning board. If any of them have been to the bakery during the holidays they know how much of a headache it is to find parking. The other businesses around the bakery have always complained that bakery customers are using their parking spots and the street is packed on both sides. If the bakery was allowed to build there, that would potentially pave the way for the bakery to remove the storage building next to the bakery and add additional parking and reduce the amount of spaces used by trucks and employees at their current location. This would be a win-win situation for rockland bakery, all of the businesses by the rockland bakery and the town.
Shirley Thormann, Planning Board Chairwoman January 09, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Please be aware that the Clarkstown Planning Board hears applications typically within 30 days from being filed. After this application was filed in December 2010, the matter was heard by the Planning Board on February 9, 2011 but the meeting was continued due to discrepancies on the site plan. The Planning Board has been waiting since then for the applicant to return (not the other way around). When they finally reapplied in September of 2012 they specifically requested a hearing in 2013, otherwise they would have been agendaed in October.
Catherine Adonetto January 10, 2013 at 09:37 PM
yeahhhhhhhhh......the sooner the better....


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