The CVS pharmacy proposal to replace the dilapidated La Grange Inn has once again sparked conversation in the West Islip community.
A rendering of the pharmacy, which developers say is intended to resemble the 1750-era building, was released at a meeting held by the West Islip Association last week.
We asked readers to weigh in on the proposal. Though many residents were vocal with ther opinions, reactions seemed to be mixed.
Here's what they said.
Rob Grimaldi: Looks great to me!
Kara Anne Reifert: Yeah, not happy about this at all. We have a perfectly fine CVS across the street. Instead of turning the old La Grange into a drug store, why not renovate the building and open a new restaurant? Restore it to its former glory. And maintain some of our history.
Jacqueline Ilchert Balcerak: Oh yes, a real architectural marvel. I'm sure they'll squirt that pre-fab monstrosity up in a month. History- schmistery...
Janette Duryea D'Angelo: Awesome! Can't wait to go. The current CVS and that horrible parking lot would be better suited for a smaller business.
Matt Goodwin: I'd rather see a rendering of a park.
Derek Lundquist: NO ONE else is stepping up to the plate to develop the land. The two options as I see them are 1.) let CVS raze/rebuild/restore the property or 2.) let the building sit vacant and watch mother nature and vandals demolish it.
Rick DeClue: You don't know what you got till it's gone. They bulldozed LaGrange and put up a CVS. (Apologies to Joni Mitchell)
What's your opinion on the situation? Do you support CVS constructing a new building or would you rather see something else there? Tell us in the comments.