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Costco Project Moves Forward, Developer Wants to Create Sewer Lines

Following lawsuits that suspended all activities in April, Costco moves forward with the application process.

A settlement has been reached following lawsuits involving the owner of the land where the  is to be built, according to Yorktown lawyer Al Capellini.

The  after owner Sammy El Jamal, president of Best Buy Rent Properties 202, informed the town of a lawsuit attempting to terminate his sale agreement with Retail Store Construction, the applicant for the Costco facility.

El Jamal, who owns about 100 gas stations in Westchester, had expressed disapproval that Costco plans to put up its own gas station and was refusing to sell his property. 

"That was resolved to my knowledge," said Capellini, the attorney representing the Retail Store Construction. "There will be gas dispensing pumps to the benefit of Costco customers."

The applicant has completed its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), which was submitted to Yorktown's planning board last week and planning board members started the review process on Monday. It would be up to them to decide if all issues in the DEIS have been addressed and what other changes might be necessary. 

Some of the environmental issues, according to Capellini, include traffic and the capacity of the roads, wetlands, storm water, noise and pollution. 

The developer, with the support of about 10 homeowners in the area of Old Crompond Road who have started a petition, is proposing to create a sewer district. The developer would pay for the installation of lines and the connections to the homeowners. 

Yorktown town board members will discuss the matter during their next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Town Hall. 

Capellini said planning board members have expressed their concern about the creation of the sewer district and making the town board the lead agency in the matter. 

"They feel the creation of the sewer district is premature and should not be undertaken until all of the environmental studies by the planning board are completed," he said. 

According to him, the developer has already spent between $1 million and $1.5 million and estimates the entire project to cost at the end anywhere between $35 million and $50 million, including the construction of the building, parking, landscaping and other costs. If all approvals are granted, construction could begin in 2013.

"This is an expensive, very expensive process," Capellini said.

The nearly 19-acre  that once housed a hotel and nursery lies about 40 feet below the Taconic State Parkway overpass on Route 202 in Yorktown.

Editor's Note: The original article incorrectly stated the date for the next town board meeting. It is scheduled for Dec. 6. 

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Toni G December 02, 2011 at 01:28 PM
What about the homeowners in Yorktown who have been trying for years to hook up to the sewers? We would have to pay for them ourselves, yet we can't be included in the district. A developer comes in, and, what do you know - sewers at no cost to the homeowners.
Ethan F December 02, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Whats the point of putting a Costco a quarter mile from the BJ's down the road. Its absolutely ridiculous. There almost the same store. There's already 4 gas stations on that road another one seems pointless. The last thing that road needs is more traffic. It already take almost a half hr to do the 5 mile drive from the center of Yorktown to the Bear Mtn Extension this will only make it worse.
dorothy piccirilli December 02, 2011 at 03:37 PM
What about all homeowners? I think we all need sewers!
Bill December 02, 2011 at 09:30 PM
I believe that part of the plan is that the developer and Costco will pay for road improvements that will hopefully fix (or at least reduce) the traffic problems. Given that the state has shown no inclination to do it themselves (even though they said they would when the Homart proposal was turned down well over a decade ago), this should be seen as a good thing. Costco's gas is much cheaper than other stations, so it will be a major benefit to people who choose to join Costco. And while it may be similar to BJ's, many people (not just Yorktown residents) think it is superior and drive out of their way to Brookfield or elsewhere to get to one. They would come to Yorktown instead. Maybe they'd shop somewhere else in Yorktown when they get here, or on their way.
Dan Thaler December 02, 2011 at 10:16 PM
If they can fix or reduce the traffic problems I will eat my hat.
Strutlively December 02, 2011 at 10:18 PM
BJ's poor parking, old, slow check outs caused by not enough help? COMON COSTCO!
Jeanne Gilholm December 02, 2011 at 11:14 PM
From what I've heard friends and family members who shop at Costco, as well as various consumer survey reviews, I look forward to it. Competition and hopefully lower prices can benefit us all as well as bring in some income for the town. That's good for our wallets too.
Francis T McVetty December 03, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Toni,this only applies to one area . The area around the new Costco. This sewer project will also be needed for the new Costco building, if I have it right. If you are like me and the rest of the over 1000 UN-sewerd in Yorktown, it is going to be a verrrrrrrrrrry long wait. The agencies holding up the sewer project EPA, NYC water department and various other agencies. If you have any questions about this, I suggest you contact Susan Siegel. She has been the only one that has made any headway in this matter. She has worked hard on this for many years and can explain better about the bureaucratic mess involved than I can.
Francis T McVetty December 03, 2011 at 02:48 PM
It is about time!!!
Dan Thaler December 31, 2011 at 09:40 PM
Are you ready for this? http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1001001--neighbours-fuming-over-chaos-at-costco-gas-bar
Bill December 31, 2011 at 09:45 PM
How long did it take you to find that 6 month old article? Do you think there will be hundreds of cars lined up for gas in Yorktown? How about posting an article about how big box stores are bad for local business? We haven't had one of those posted recently.
Costco lover January 08, 2012 at 08:06 PM
The point is that many people are willing to go the distance to shop at Costco...They are far superior to BJ's BJ's has been trying lately to upgrade its image. The refrigerator floors were always dirty with milk spillings and broken eggs. Who knows what the meat kitchen looks like. Demo people in BJ's are laughable. When I sample something at Costco I am more than likely to make a purchse. The employees at Costco are very friendly and pack your purchase for you in FREE boxes. What a joke boxes that otherwise be thrown out or recycled are called FREE Boxes... Sorry gas or no gas...Costco beats this BJ's by a mile.
Tom Vayda January 14, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Costco is superior to BJs in every aspect. Service, organization, store brand products, even the checkout is easier, they unload for you. I cannot wait to dump BJs. They are a miserable organization that does not care about the customer. I shop there every week for business reasons and abhor it. And the gas is much cheaper at Costco than at regular gas stations.
Bill January 14, 2013 at 05:54 PM
On the other hand, BJ's has self-checkout registers as well as express lines, and Costco has neither. I agree that Costco is much more customer friendly but that is their corporate mantra. You want customer unfriendly, try Sam's Club down in Elmsford. Amusingly, they put surveys on the bottom of receipts now wanting to know how they are doing. The cashier circles it and points it out to you after they spent the past couple of minutes talking to other employees rather than paying attention while ringing up your purchase! They just don't get it.

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