Although there seems to be differences between the sellers of the Costco site in Yorktown, developer Wilber Breslin is forging ahead. The dispute seems to be whether Costco can build a gas station on the site or not. One of the owners, Sammy Al Jamal, is against the issue mostly because he owns or manages several stations in Yorktown, most of which would be in direct competion with the Costco station, which sells gas to its members at considerable savings.
The site where Costco is proposing the station has been a gas station as long as I can remember, so what's the issue? Costco, a top ten national company, and Breslin Realty, the developer, are already making a difference in the Yorktown community. From partnerships in the Yorktown Festival and Street Fair to scholarship contributions for our students, Costco and Breslin Realty are already part of the Yorktown Community.
I realize there has been some opposition to the Costco concept, however I urge the people of Yorktown to look at the whole picture. It's easy to compare other development for this site but the fact is Costco is the only company willing to make the investment in this site. The financial benefits to the town far out weigh the temporary inconviences the development will bring. Route 202 for instance, will never be improved without this type of development. Besides the working family jobs it will create, consider the sales tax revenues generated from Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and other surrounding counties.
Can Yorktown really afford not to have Costco? Only if the residents wish to continue the escalating tax issues we will all face in the future.
Yorktown Chamber of Commerce