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Shopping center expansion may leave carnival without a home

June 03, 1998|By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Plans to add a supermarket at Long Meadow Shopping Center could mean that Long Meadow and Maugansville fire companies might no longer be able to hold their annual carnival there.

The center's management has told the fire companies that they can't guarantee space at the center.

Debra Hunt, marketing director and property coordinator for the shopping center, said the center is seeking a supermarket tenant.

A supermarket or other new tenants may have parking requirements that would preclude having the carnival, Hunt said.

"We don't want to lose a potential tenant," she said.

Hunt said the center and its current tenants support the carnival, which has been held at the shopping center for 11 years.

The annual carnival will be held this year from Monday, June 8, to Saturday, June 13.

James Kraus, president of Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co., said finding a new location for the carnival will be difficult.

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"There aren't many good options on this end of town," he said.

The carnival is an important fund-raiser for the companies, generating tens of thousands of dollars in revenue, Kraus said.

Hunt said that the shopping center will undergo a $1 million renovation over the next four to six months, and that there is room to expand if tenants require more space.

The center is owned by RD Management Corp. of New York City. The company, which owns 200 shopping centers across the country, bought Long Meadow in March 1997 for $3 million.

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