Plans revealed for old Sonic and Plant Depot locations on Route 9

Plans are coming to fruition to bring two new businesses to Route 9 in the town of Wappinger.

Last year we learned that two of the area’s biggest eyesores would be demolished to make way for new projects on Route 9. Wappinger Town Planning Board received proposals from two national chains to take over both the old Sonic restaurant and the huge, abandoned Plant Repository site.

Sonic has been shut down for years, and many wonder if anything will ever happen to the broken building. The uniquely shaped structure most likely made it difficult to find anyone else who wanted to move in. Because Sonic is a drive-in restaurant, the main building is incredibly small, with giant parking lots branching off from the center.

The former Sonic enjoyed a brief moment of activity in 2019 when he was temporarily remodeled to look like a 1970s McDonald’s restaurant. The change was made to allow filming of the HBO miniseries, I know this to be true.

In October, we reported that Jiffy Lube had submitted a proposal to demolish the restaurant and replace it with a gas station. This plan continues to move forward and a site plan has now been presented which shows what the new business will look like when built.

Town of Wappinger

Town of Wappinger

A shot shows the Jiffy Lube positioned parallel to Route 9 with a large parking lot in front. Four bays will allow the company to service multiple cars, rotating customers in and out of the parking lot throughout the day. The company’s footprint will be similar to that of the old Sonic.

Further down Route 9, a much larger derelict property has been vacant for seven years. When Lou Paggiotta and his wife Lorraine decided it was time to retire, they announced they would close the factory depot after 22 years. Since then, several rumors have swirled about what will happen to the property. Last year, the developers floated the idea of ​​erecting a U-Haul storage and moving company. This proposal never went anywhere, leaving residents to wonder how long the property would sit empty.

A few months later, it was revealed that a new proposal had been submitted to build a massive CarMax Auto Superstore at the former Plant Depot location. Over a year later, that plan appears to be moving forward, and more details have been revealed about the project.

Plans have been submitted to the city that show the site’s old structures being replaced by a new retail area and service center. Instead of running parallel to Route 9, the new buildings will now line up with Smithtown Road, surrounded by hundreds of parking spaces.

Town of Wappinger

Town of Wappinger

The company sells used vehicles and typically holds an inventory of around 350 cars at any one time. Currently, there are 225 CarMax locations across the country. The closest supermarkets are located in Albany and Waterbury, CT.

What do you think of these new businesses planned for Route 9? Do they seem like good additions to the community or would you rather see something else settle in these abandoned places? You can let us know what you think by texting us on our app.

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