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Yorktown Closes Costco Public Hearing

All written comments must be received by the town's planning department on or before Wednesday, Dec. 19.

After hearing from dozens of community members, both in favor and opposed to the proposed Costco Wholesale Club in Yorktown, the town's planning board members voted on Monday to close the Costco public hearing.

"This isn't the end of the process," Planning Board Chairman Richard Fon said. "I'd like to thank the public for the civility of the public hearing."

Board members left the written comment period open for 30 days. All written comments must be received by the planning department on or before Wednesday, Dec. 19. 

The second part of the public hearing was held on Nov. 19 after planning board members adjourned the first part last month due to the large number of people who still had comments.

The purpose of the hearing focused on the company's draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and gave the public a chance to comment or ask questions about the project. The applicant will respond to comments and questions raised in a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). To read Costco's DEIS, click here.

The 151,092-square-foot retail store available to club members is proposed to be built at 3200 Crompond Road, just west of the Taconic State Parkway.

Residents raised questions about Costco's impacts on the environment, open space, drinking water supply and effects on other developments that could potentially be built. 

"Judge the applicant on the merits of the law and what they have to contribute to the community, not on what people have to say," William Lascala told planning board members. 

To read about the first part of Costco's public hearing, click here.

Comments regarding Costco could be sent to:

Yorktown Planning Department
1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Fax: 914-962-3986
Email: planning@yorktownny.org

Read more on the Costco topic on Patch by clicking here.

What do you think of Costco? Do you want the store in Yorktown? Share your comments and thoughts on Patch.

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Brenda November 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Wake up people! This is a no brainer!!! A huge company such as Costco is willing to make a huge investment not to mention improve the roadways, tear down an eyesore, and create hundreds of jobs. What is everyone whining about? The traffic will be taken care of with the widening of 202. Get a grip and let this improvement happen!!!
Evan Bray November 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I've joked that they'll just rubber stamp it, but I have to say tht the PB were great listeners and a certainly taking the time to review and deliberate this sensitive topic. Very interested in their decision which won't be until at least the new year. If it does get approved, they still require at least two zoning variances for their preferred plan. If I'm on the development team, I'd be pushing to scrap the preferred plan and go as of right. Though it might be fun to see it snake through the ZBA--purely from an entertainment perspective--if I want this thing built in 2013, variances are not an option.
Frankie November 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Issue that folks on Strang Blvd are not connected to sewers and an upgrade should be part of this plan to make residents are hooked up to the local sewer treatment lant.
Yorktown Tattler November 21, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Part 2 of the hearing was boring! I couldn't stay for the whole meeting and left at the break. it was just too boring but one of my friends told me yesterday morning that it got more iexciting in the second part and that the owner of the gas stations who she says is putting up the dough for the no-Costco group started to attack Mr Primavera by name. Doesnt this guy know that Mr. Primavera is liked by everybody in twon for all the good things he does and NOBODY likes hi m or his family especially after they were charged with gouging gas prices in the hurricane.
Yorktown Tattler November 21, 2012 at 02:22 PM
and besides, another girl in our "little old ladies group in JV, like that Evan Bray called us told me that i should "google" the gas staition owners name and i did. WOW these are some neighbors we have living with us in town! If i was him i wouldn't be critizing anybody else as not being good negibhors. you can check it out yourself but make sure theres no young kids around.
paula November 21, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I agree Brenda! Also, did you know that non-members can use the pharmacy? Prices are lower than CVS and others but not as low as when you are a member. For example, I just found out that I have glaucoma. I have no insurannce and so have been pricing the drops I have to use for the rest of my life so I don't go blind.. The prices I received from chain pharmacies as well as independant pharmacies made me cry... from a high of $289.00 per month for 2.5ml to a low of $99 with membership/$169 without membershihp. Costco, would be literally saving my eyesight by offering that low price - and even having to make a trip to Yonkers would make it worth it. The reasons Brenda gave are huge- HUGE - benefits to this community and the pharmacy being available to non-members is just one more really important example of how Cosco would benefit this community that has not been mentioned.
Evan Bray November 21, 2012 at 02:58 PM
What are you talking about? Who is "us"? You are an anonymous--apparently illiterate--troll; singular. I never knew your handle represented an bloc of people in JV. In the real world, it's widely believed that you, in fact, are neither a lady or old. Quite possibly a younger male trying to write in the voice of a "little old lady," to use your words. Just look at how you write. 3 exclation points? Really? "Googling"? You claim to make your posts on a smartphone to explain your typos, but you dint know what googling is? But since you won't reveal your true identity, we'll never know. Part of the pro Costco PR propoganda machine is my guess.
Evan Bray November 21, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Agreed. With the rite aid closing down, CVS will quickly close up shop and then we can all meet at Costco. It will be the new proverbial town water cooler. I read in the Times last week that Costco is also selling mortgages below traditional bank rates and insurances. Seriously. Can't wait for Costco cause the local banks and insurance guys are gouging the of us.
Evan Bray November 21, 2012 at 03:13 PM
The fleecing of Yorktown will end when Costco comes to town! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/business/major-retailers-start-selling-financial-products-challenging-banks.html
Bill November 21, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I'll have to look for the video when they put it up on the website. I was so bored I left during the incoherent rambling by the guy with the long hair. I was confused that the alleged traffic expert (presumably hired by opponents) was telling the board how to fix the traffic flow problems he found in the parking lot. I would have expected him to say they were unfixable. Also would have expected an expert like him to know that multiple lanes of traffic coming out of the gas pumps into one or two exiting the area is not an issue since you typically only get one lane of car(s) leaving the pumps at a time.
Carmine Mastropolo November 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Its more than widening the highway, they did that on 6 by the Cortland Town Center, but nothing was done in Mohegan Lake, where its still congested, and on the other end heading to Peekskill. I think widening the roadway by Costco is not the answer, Maybe a better site, there is a large empty store by KMART. Plenty of parking and accessible many different ways. Why do we build and abandon.. In Yorktown and off 202.. Maybe the Yorktown planning board should, push to use existing sites, that are already established.
Bob Rohr November 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The arguments become more silly by the day.. I would imagine that Chase Manhattan and the rest of the Banks are planning their exit strategy as we speak. Warren Buffet will be closing down GEICO and put that little lizard out of work. Allstate was started by Sears. Costco and Walmart have been trying to open Banks for a long time. Walmart that Nationwide about 30% of their customers had a Bank account, so they went to check cashing places. Walmart leveraged it's buying power to offer low cost generic drugs. CVS and the others have the same buying power but chose another business model. Somehow a store opening on the site of an abandoned building has become demonic.
Bob Rohr November 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Carmine, A&P holds the lease on the old Food Emporium near KMART, they decide who they will let in there if anyone.
Scott Petricig November 21, 2012 at 05:51 PM
In reply to Carmine: This would be great, except these companies can't just build wherever they want! They need to buy the land, or lease it, or come to an agreement with the owner. Unfortunately the old supermarket site by Kmart is not a large enough site for Costco. And A&P (which I believe still owns that building) would never allow Costco to build there anyway.
Jack Cohen November 21, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I agree. From a pure economics perspective Costco is a "good" employer, not exactly in the WalMart catastrophic class. Higher paying jobs to local personnel will provide an improved economic stimulus within Yorktown. The competition for employees could very well have a upward impact to lower wages paid from whatever employer decides to stay and compete. Employees will benefit from the competition. If BJ's decides not to compete that will lower the congestion on 202 in proportion. The good employees from BJ will do much better working for Costco. Any stores in close proximity will be replaced by other parasite enterprises looking to capitalize on Costco's being here. This is indeed a "no brainer."
Yorktown Tattler November 21, 2012 at 09:35 PM
This afternoon my bridge group got together and I heard some more scary things about the gas station people. Just did did some more research on google about the guys who own the gas stations that gorged gas prices in the hurricane and are paying for the demonstrations and other things in the no-Costco campaign and i found some more things that will probalby bother a lot of people in yorktown. it says that when the FBI invaded their house where the two brothers lived together to get the computers that they thought were used to distribute child pornography they also found 3 handguns that they took. Why does anybody living in yorktown have to have 3 handguns in their house?Sure glad i don't live next door.if its not scary in one way then its scary in another
Yorktown Tattler November 21, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Evan Bray, you are so funny. I am guessing that you probably do not get embarassed but when you did your silly routine at the fist Costco hearing everybody in the room was embarassed for you. I have been in Florida for the past 5 weeks and my main rest was getting away from your opinions about everything everyday on here. Who cares what you think? Mmy only question to you is this. Why didnt you move to another town like you promised everybody you would? We were all very disappointed
Bill November 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Carmine, that "large empty store by KMart' is at most 50,000 square feet, roughly 1/3 of the size that Costco wants. And there is no way you want everyone who shops at Costco to have to drive in and out of town on local roads like Underhill and 202. THAT would be a disaster.
Janice November 22, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I am 100% behind Costco and know adopting this store is the perfect chance for the town of Yorktown to secure our future. I want my children to raise their children here, and I know I am not the only citizen here who feels the same way. I welcome low-priced groceries and gas with open arms!
Frankie November 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Let's not forget working at Cosco can be so profitable and will enable you to pay your Yorktown taxes, pay your mortgage and live like a king.
Francis T McVetty November 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Frankie, a job is better than NO job. If you don't think that they pay enough then look elsewhere or join the rest of the 51% and live off the taxpayers. .

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