Costco Relocates Proposed Fueling Area in Site Plan

Yorktown Planning Board to review revised environmental impact statement before declaring it complete.

A relocated fueling area is featured in the newest version of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed Costco in Yorktown.

The revised DEIS was discussed Tuesday night by the town Planning Board. While the developer urged the board to declare the statement complete, board members cited a need for themselves and an absent colleague to examine the voluminous document before voting. Such a declaration could come as early as the board’s Sept. 10 meeting.

Costco Wholesale Club seeks to build a 151,092-square-foot retail store and a filling station available to club members at 3200 Crompond Road (U.S. Route 202, north side), just west of the Taconic State Parkway.

The DEIS, revised in response to earlier concerns, was delivered Aug. 3 to the town Planning Department, which passed it along to the Planning Board a week later.

The fueling area has been relocated to the southeast corner of the site, separate from the main parking area and farther from a residential area to the west. The relocation will improve traffic flow and make room for an expanded buffer area along the western side of the site, explained Nick Panayotou, principal of land development for TRC Engineers Inc. The green strip along Route 202 is also wider.

Regarding water management, Costco has already designed the site to reduce peak storm water runoff but is interested in working with New York State to use state-owned land to the north to reduce runoff even more, Panayotou said. The site is near the top of a hill, the headwater site for the immediate area, and “We would like to do what we can to reduce the downstream effect,” he said.

Al Capellini, counsel for the developer, urged prompt approval of the revised DEIS, which has been in the works for 18 months.

“This is a complete document and we think all substantial concerns have been addressed,” Capellini said. “We think we did what you wanted. Please declare it complete.”

“Without reading it?” replied John Flynn, acting board chairman in the absence of Richard Fon.

Capellini encouraged Flynn and his colleagues to rely on the experts in the Planning Department but Flynn cited a responsibility for all board members to have a chance to review the latest paperwork.

“There are a lot of moving pieces to this,” Flynn said, “and I, for one, do not want to take shortcuts on this.”

Yorktown Town Hall August 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Both the Town and Planning Boards will not rush this process. There is too much at stake and there are legitimate, traffic, environmental and planning issues that must be carefully reviewed and discussed. Because of the scale of the proposal, voluminous DEIS submission and the town's adoption of the Comprehensive Plan in 2010, we must proceed very carefully. It may take a little longer than the applicant would prefer, but we will not be rushed into making a decision without having fully considered all aspects of the application. The issue of completeness of the DEIS will be discussed at the next working session of the Planning Board.
Bob Rohr August 18, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Costco and BJs are major Companies, they can fend for themselves. If the area looks economically viable, you may find a Whole Foods or Trader Joes and other larger stores taking a closer look at the area. They way people talk you would think this is a Trailer Park Town. It is a fairly wealthy area.
Spunky 2 August 20, 2012 at 01:16 PM
In today's economic climate there is no such thing as major companies. Who ever thought General Motors would go bankrupt and need a government bail out- $25 billion dollar loss to taxpayers. Tarrytown suffered substanially economically when G.M. closed its production line there. Competition is not always healthy. The danger of competition is the risk that not one store goes out of business but both stores go out of business. In the 1960's on Central Avenue in Yonkers the following stores all competed with one another , E.J. Korvettes, S. Klein, Alexanders, Gimbels, Wanamakers', Floyds, John Bargain Stores, etc. What do these major companies have in common; they are now all defunct. Doubling the number of stores does not mean people will double what they spend.
Bill August 20, 2012 at 01:26 PM
You make the assumption that the same number of people will shop at Costco+BJ's as shop at BJ's alone today and that the potential number of shoppers is limited to those in the immediate area. That is clearly not true. Costco will draw people who are not shopping at BJ's today, and many of them will come from outside of Yorktown. Will they buy less stuff at other stores as a result? Most likely, but you cannot by any means say that it will all come from purchases that would have been made at BJ's or at any other store in Yorktown. Some will come from other Costco's. Some will come from supermarkets in Ossining or Mt. Kisco from people who shop there. I'm sure that many will come from even further away. And if you want proof of what happens when companies downsize you need look no further than Route 202 with lots of empty former car dealerships. We have the opportunity to redefine it as a retail hub not just for Yorktown but for the region, and we should take advantage of it.
Spunky 2 August 20, 2012 at 01:33 PM
You proved my point with the statement lots of empty former car dealerships- why didn't they draw people since there was plenty of competition? Also, when a residental house is empty/vacant , still have to pay the same amount of real estate taxes, not so with commercial properties which are taxed on a different basis.
Bill August 20, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Car dealerships closing was part of a bigger thing and there were plenty of other dealerships nearby. Not so for Costco. And your point about empty commercial properties being taxed differently is an excellent case for developing the motel property as quickly as possible rather than waiting years for some "ideal" proposal based on a pie in the sky idea that someone had.
paula August 23, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Do you have some financial interest in BJ's?? What will happen when Costco comes in is that BJ's will have be be competive or suffer the consequesnces. As for those losing jobs - and you seem darn certain of this- they will find other jobs, perhaps at Costco.
paula August 23, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Again with the 'high end gentlemans club'... LMAO. What is wrong with you? You don't want shopping and jobs but you do want a tittie bar? High-end my ass. Yes indeed, bring some class the area by bringing in naked woman and possible prostitution. The 'dearth of adult entertainment .. is appalling'. Go to the city or somewhere else to get your adult entertainment (stop being so damn lazy. If you want titties in your face, go elsewhere). And by the way, just copying and pasting the same comment on every article is tiresome. Even your commenting is lazy. LMAO!
paula August 23, 2012 at 03:19 PM
really??? Half the nail salons and massages parlors are fronts for prostituion? and you know this HOW? ...
paula August 23, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Francis - you took the words right out of my mouth! LOL
paula August 23, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Evan Bray seems to be a very abrasive and obnoxious person.. imo
Ros Kliban August 23, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Paula, Sorry I cannot tell you if I have any financial interest in BJ"S . All my financial interests are in a blind trust.
Evan Bray August 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Paula, I'm sorry you find it obnoxious that I'm pointing out that approving a big box wholesaler directly contradicts the comprehensive plan the town board voted into law in 2010. Some people think it's obnoxious not use your full name and to write in acronyms that 14 year olds use to text one another. LMFAO Don't take my word on the comp plan, here's what the Yorktown Planning, Engineering, Buidlings and Environtmental departments wrote about The Costco proposal to the Planning Board in January of this year: "The public policy sections outline the recommendations from the Yorktown Comprehensive Plan, the Sustainable Development Study, and Westchester County's Patterns. Many of these recommendations are contrary to the objectives of the Costco project, yet there is little discussion in the potential impacts section on how the project does comply with goals from these reports or how the project will enhance the Bear Mountain Triangle/Crompond Hamlet Center area despite these differences. The Comprehensive Plan describes the C-3 zone as a SMALL SCALE roadside commercial hamlet center with woodland buffers to adjacent resdientail zones, 20 foot landscaped areas along street frontages, SIGNIFICANT OPEN SPACE [note: they don't mean parking lots], AND EXCLUDES USES THAT GENERATE HEAVY VOLUMES OF TRAFFIC..." Costco, we have a problem.
Evan Bray August 23, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Francis, The tax issue is way overblown. Here's what the planning department has written on the subject: "This section indicates that 1.59 million in annual property tax will be generated by the proposed action and that this tax revenue should be apportioned to the police, fire and emergency services to compensate for the increased demands. Section III.Q states that the proposed Costco is anticipated to generate approximately $158, 621. 56 annually in propety taxes, not $1.59 million, and the portion of the property tax allocated to the town is estimated to be $18,306.70. IT SEEMS DISINGENUOUS TO SAY ANY INCREASED DEMAND WILL BE OFFSET SOLELY BY THE TAXES GENERATED TO THE TOWN." The Yorktown taxpayer will offset the rest in--you guessed it--higher taxes. That means there is no net tax benefit to the two and that--IN FACT--you and I, the Yorktown property owners, will foot the bill for the additional services not covered by the $18,306.70 Yorktown would actually receive. Anyone who argues taxes will go down if the PB approves this is, simply put, lying.
Layla August 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Evan, May I assume that the rest of the tax money generated by Costco will go to the county and state govt's?
Evan Bray August 23, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I believe so, Layla. Bob Rohr can probably answer that question more accurately though.
Dee Anthony Lloyd August 25, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Costco lover August 29, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Evan Bray. Don't you have anything better to do? You are getting on my nerves.
Evan Bray August 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Theresa Elio, why are you making personal attacks against me, wholly unrelated to the issue being discussed? I keep my comments on subject and make a point to be respectful to others. It's fine if you don't agree with my ideas on town planning, please kindly disagree and don't just say "you get on my nerves." Explain why. Tell me that you think the comprehensive plan is terrible, the town made a mistake when they voted it into law in 2010 and should be repealed by the town board because that's what--you believe--the voters of Yorktown want; propose a referendum. That's a position you could take. But just making personal attacks is beneath you, I would hope.
Tom September 14, 2012 at 01:48 PM
How much will the town get in taxes, $150,000? That's one cop, it will cost the town a lot more than that to support this overgrown monstrosity which would fit nicely on Queens Blvd, which is what Yorktown is going to look like when all these great plans go through. Its time to get out.
Evan Bray September 14, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Actually, Yorktown will only see just over $18,000 of that 150K in property taxes ESTIMATED to be generated. Here's a link to the memo from various departments to the planning board. Look at section IIIP on page 15. http://www.yorktownny.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/pdmemo-pb-01.20.12.pdf The tax benefit argument is smoke and mirrors. It will be a net loss in tax revenue with additional services the police, fire, etc... we'll be forced to provide because of this development.
Plamena Pesheva (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Here is an update: Planning board members voted unanimously earlier this week to accept the company's draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) as complete. The public hearing for Costco was set for Oct. 15. http://yorktown-somers.patch.com/articles/public-hearing-for-costco-set-for-oct-15
eyesonyorktown September 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM
NCHound you are a contradicting jack@$$.
eyesonyorktown September 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
"Traffic on Route 202 is already at a standstill during rush hours." The traffic will be like that whether Costco opens or not, infect it would be at a standstill if all the business on 202 close. The Sustainable Development Study is a flawed. So please stop using it to stop businesses from coming into Yorktown
Evan Bray September 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Good one, eyesonyorktown. Yes, please disregard both the Sustainable Development Study and the Comprehensive Plan because these two pieces of legislation that the Yorktown Town Board adopted years ago are inconvenient to the developer. No one is "using" them to keep business out of Yorktown. We are reading these laws adopted by the town for what they are and letting people know that what is proposed does not meet the spirit or the letter of either of those documents. Don't take my word for it though. Take a look at page 6 of this memo from the Yorktown Planning, Building, Environmental, and Engineering departments have to say about the proposal (hint: not good things): http://www.yorktownny.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/pdmemo-pb-01.20.12.pdf P.S. It's really hard to have a discussion with people that hide behind lame internet handles. You should step out from behind the curtain and come to the 10/15 hearing to tell us all about how awesome Costco is and how we should bend/ignore/repeal the law to accommodate them so we can get a measly $18,000 in property taxes. Woo-hoo.
Bill September 14, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Tom, first of all, where is there any evidence that you will need additional police (or any services) because of Costco opening. I'll bet there was much more of a need for police services when the homeless hotel was there. How many calls do they get for BJ's or any of the stores around it? I never see police in that parking lot. And I'm glad to see that we're now adding Queens to the equation in trying to get people fearful of what an evil store like Costco would bring to the area, since obviously just saying Central Avenue and YONKERS didn't do it. Also, given that BJ's (and Home Depot and Walmart in Cortlandt) are roughly the same size, and I don't hear people complaining about the standard of living in the area going down the tubes as a result, I'd say that your concerns about this "overgrown monstrosity" are just more BS. You need to take off your rose colored glasses and see 202 for what it is, a commercial strip with retail and lots of dilapidated and ugly buildings. It's not like they are talking about putting this in the middle of some pristine area with lovely buildings.
Bill September 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Evan, those comments are based on a much earlier draft DEIS, and I believe that a recent article said that the latest submission that was submitted had changed so much, that it made no sense to even distribute the draft one. So the comments are pretty much useless, unless you're grasping for yet more misinformation to share to make your point.
Tom September 14, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I moved from a town that was "developing" and came to Yorktown, now Yorktown is "developing". I can guarantee you that Yorktown will soon look like the Cortlandt Shopping Center. Is that what we want here in Yorktown? Those getting a free sewer system, do you really want Yorktown to look like that just to get a sewer?
Bill September 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Yes, it is what I want in Yorktown. I'd love to have years of zero percent town property tax increases because we were smart enough to take advantage of opportunities handed to us (and yes, I saw the claim that this will only bring in 18k in property tax to the town itself). Honestly, what does Route 202 look like now? It's already got a bunch of retail and parts of it (like the dilapidated motel) look like a dump. It's not like you're putting this in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
Bob Rohr September 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
We are talking about a stretch of road that is 1.8 miles long that could be developed. That is a measurement from the Taconic to Lexington ave. Hardly a big part of a 39 sq mile Town.


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