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Costco Is Already Making a Difference.

Costco will be a major benefit to Yorktown.

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.    

Joseph Visconti

President

Yorktown Chamber of Commerce

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Bill May 13, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Don't be ridiculous. Costco can't (and won't) move into the old Food Emporium, it's about a third the size of store that they need. And it's not convenient to the Taconic, which is what many customers would take to get there. I suspect that a supermarket would be interested in moving into the FE location, except that it's been said that A&P won't lease to one because they do not want more competition.
Bill May 13, 2011 at 03:27 AM
I'd be willing to bet that Costco pays better salaries than most of the small retailers in town (they are certainly rated one of the top employers in yearly studies). And they put 1% of their sales back into the community. And what locally owned stores are you concerned about? A&P? BJ's? Sears? Even something like Mavis is part of a big chain.
Bill May 13, 2011 at 03:31 AM
As for the "road that is at capacity", the state is doing absolutely nothing to fix Route 202, despite their claim that they would many years ago when Homart was foolishly rejected. Costco will fund the road improvements that have been needed for years. It is probably the only chance of getting that work done, since I don't see the state or the locally owned stores on 202 stepping up to fund it.
Bill May 13, 2011 at 03:46 AM
That seems to be from an anti-Walmart site and the authors have an agenda. How about a real life example from nearby? Cortlandt has WM and Home Depot and lots of other big box stores and they routinely have zero percent tax increases. What negative impact has it had on THEIR economy? People like you argued that "big box stores are evil" and forced Yorktown to foolishly reject a development on Route 202 many years ago (which ended up sending Home Depot to Cortlandt). How has that worked out for Yorktown???
jo May 13, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Bigger not always better and more sometimes should be less.. Yorktown may not have Wal mart but do have K mart.. same type of store.. you complain you have no big store like BJ's near you..then put it near you in Yorktown.. in the Heights area.. 202 has enough.. try that road between 4pm and 6:30 pm a real horror..
jo May 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM
being pro quality of life is not being anti business. do not confuse the two... most of you came from lower westchester.. and have bemoaned the "Central Ave" mentality.. now you want to bring it here to the North County.... again..the traffic on 202 is abominable ... trying to get from the Heights part of Yorktown to Cortlandt or Peekskill via 202 can be a a long a tedious journey... road improvements just go so far.. it is the amount of vehicles that will be traveling on 202 that cannot be contained..thus just more traffic..more and more.. to a road already overloaded
Francis T McVetty May 13, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Jo, you are comparing Kmart with Costco? Again, have you ever been to a Costco?
Francis T McVetty May 13, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Some of their points may have validity, but others not. Each area has its own set of circumstances. What applies in one place may not apply in another. If you read what is posted on the website , you will see that it is pick and chose. Jumps from one area to another with different sets of parameters. What is not good in one area may be good in another. There is NO one size fits all when it comes to this subject. I do think that we need more of a business tax base here in Yorktown. The home owner can not bear all of the costs of the increasing government.
Francis T McVetty May 13, 2011 at 02:04 PM
It is quite simple when it comes to traffic jams, you find another way to go. The shortest route may not always be the fastest. If you have a GPS, try programing a route using the two methods provided. One is the fastest route and the other is the shortest. They are different. You maybe surprised at the out come.
Bill May 13, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Yes, many people moved here to get away from Central Avenue. then found that they were driving 30 minutes to shop someplace decent. 202 traffic is awful because no one has spent any money to improve it. They widened the Taconic overpass but never did anything to allow more traffic through. Costco and their developer will pay for the road improvements which will never happen otherwise. The Homart fiasco of over a decade ago should be evidence of this. You reject development and then complain about the traffic, which would have been fixed if the development had been approved.
Paul Moskowitz May 13, 2011 at 02:24 PM
A few days, I had some shopping to do in the Heights. It was about 5:00 PM in the evening on a weekday. I made the mistake of taking Route 202 to go west to Pine Grove Court where I turn off. At first everything seemed fine. I passed the police station, then the high school. However, then I hit the mess. By about the turnoff for Route 132 traffic slowed to a crawl. But it did move, a little anyway. Then it slowed again. There were the four intersections with traffic signals. It took forever to get from the Taconic to Pine Grove. I was a Yorktown "stakeholder" (Aren't we all?) for the years of meetings with the NY State DOT on the Route 202/Route 6 sustainable development study. There was a plan devised for improving the Route 202 traffic. Very little in that plan has been carried out. We can have hope, of course. There have been meetings in the past year on possible improvements to the Route 202 and Taconic, Bear Mountain Parkway, Pine Grove and Stony Street intersections. I cannot see that adding a big box store right in the middle of the Route 202 traffic mess will do much but add to the problems. It may just negate anything that the state does in the area. I can even see the DOT starting over again with another study. Just what we need!
jo May 13, 2011 at 02:28 PM
exactly... God Forbid a ambulance needs to get to HVHC at the wrong time of the day.. this is the wrong spot for this type of box store.. the truck traffic need to supply it alone will be horrofic.. they trucks will have to use 9 or 9a making traffic coming up tot he Bear Mtn Extension and then on to 202 more of a bad dream.. its a no winner all around
jo May 13, 2011 at 02:30 PM
I reject this on its size and the impact for 202 and rts 9, 9a and the Bear Mtn Extension..those of us who use these roads daily no how adversely it will be impacted.. we have enough choices.. you want.. keep it in the Heights area.. find a location.. I am sure you won't be too harshly impacted with more truck and car traffic on 35 or will you
jo May 13, 2011 at 02:32 PM
sorry..but that is so ridiculous. if all used their GPS to get around a jam.. that route would become the jam too...
Lauren May 13, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Thanks but no thanks. We have enough litter and trash and congestion in Yorktown Heights as it is. I don't want anymore. I don't want Costco or any other big store anywhere near YH or anywhere in Yorktown for that matter. I am looking forward to the day when we can sell our home and move out of here.
jo May 13, 2011 at 07:25 PM
To Lauren..that is my point... we do not need this.. not in cortlandt.. peekskill or yorktown... no mas no mas
Francis T McVetty May 13, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Jo and Lauren, there is always Vermont.
jo May 13, 2011 at 07:51 PM
no.. we will stay and do our best to keep our quality of life.. maybe it is you.. who need to be near central ave in Yonkers..
Francis T McVetty May 13, 2011 at 08:26 PM
That is an idea, make 202 as wide as Central ave in Yonkers. By George, you've got it, the solution to the congestion problem. .
Lauren May 13, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Francis, why did you move here, if you prefer city life??? I came to Yorktown because I loved the wooded areas and the lakes. I didn't realize that I would be battling litter all over the place. It's disgusting and shameful that not enough people care to preserve Yorktown's beauty. But unlike, Jo, I won't stay for the long haul. It might take a few years but I will be damned if I stay in such a filthy, litter-infested place that Yorktown is becoming.
Bill May 13, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Please let me know where you find beauty on Route 202 west of the Taconic. Is it the closed car dealerships? Is it the big empty lot opposite BJ's? The McDonalds?
Bill May 13, 2011 at 09:44 PM
And many people will consider Yorktown a more desirable place to live because there is a Costco. Also, you really must living be in a time machine arguing about not bringing "big box" stores to the area. That boat sailed MANY years ago, and you lost, and most people would argue that their life is better for it.
Bill May 13, 2011 at 09:49 PM
Yes, because there are no big stores in the area getting deliveries now, right? How does BJ's get their delivereies? By air? You're getting ridiculous, and you are making stuff up to try and prove your point.
Lauren May 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM
I am talking about Baldwin Rd. But regardless, it doesn't matter about the location, no matter what street I go on, there is litter. I don't care if it is a built up area or not, there is no excuse for litter. Throwing garbage out the car window is completely inappropriate.
Francis T McVetty May 13, 2011 at 10:46 PM
What the heck does liter have to do with the building of a Costco? Someone is off their meds.
Lauren May 13, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Have you ever seen BJs parking lot??? Enough said!
Lauren May 13, 2011 at 10:51 PM
And by the way, (1) you never did answer my question; (2) you don't have to start with the trash talk. GROW UP! Just because you don't have a strong argument, doesn't mean you have to put someone else down.
Francis T McVetty May 13, 2011 at 11:03 PM
I didn't move here to pay HIGH taxes. When I moved here, over 40 years ago, there actually were buildings, shopping centers and a town hall. There were actual paved roads to drive on. So NO I didn't prefer city life but I didn't think I had moved to Vermont either. You want trees and open spaces, there is plenty of that upstate. I want to be able to AFFORD to live here. If the building of Costco reduces my taxes, then I want them here. The tax base with regard to business has shrunk over the past years. The tax burden is on the home owners, in large part. People can't afford to live here in Yorktown anymore. By the way if you have a complaint about how the BJ's parking lot is dirty, tell BJ's management. Again, what has Baldwin road have to do with Costco anyway? Please stay on target, is that ok for me to say?
Lauren May 13, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Litter is caused (1) by people throwing garbage out their car window and (2) people shopping at grocery stores who carelessly leave tons of litter around the parking lot. Costco will bring (1) more congestion and traffic resulting in longer commutes, (2) more litter as there will be more people in cars throwing litter out their window, (3) fewer trees, (4) more car pollution. And I seriously doubt that Costco will reduce your taxes. Any property tax revenue that Yorktown receives will go to paying for/restoring services that have been cut. I don't recall Susan Siegel telling anyone that she is going to reduce residential taxes once Costco comes. So if you can't afford to live here, then move.
Francis T McVetty May 14, 2011 at 03:01 AM
You got mad when I made that suggestion, but now you want me to move. HA. I don't move, I act.

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