Talk Back: Should A Pharmacy Replace La Grange?

Do you support a proposal to build a pharmacy on the site of the vacant La Grange Inn?

It's clear that West Islip residents are impassioned over the future of the now-defunct La Grange Inn.

As West Islip Patch has reported on the details of the proposal to build a drive-through pharmacy and retail space on the property, we've received a steady flow of comments and emails about the site.

Many in the West Islip community are opposed to another pharmacy moving into the hamlet. Others want the historic inn to be restored and preserved.

OPINION: Community Needs To Give CVS Proposal A Fair Hearing

Others believe the vacant space has turned into an eyesore after years of neglect, and support the change.

We want to know what you think. Would you welcome a pharmacy there, or would West Islip benefit from another business at that location? Should the La Grange Inn be preserved without any commerical development? Weigh in on the issue in the comments below.

Maggie Kent October 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM
At this point anything would be a welcome change. Hope owner is getting fined for creating such an eyesore
Lois515 October 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM
We have enough pharmacy's in the area... What about a store we don't have... Trader Joe's or Whole Foods?
Rich C October 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I guess what ever the owners of the property want, if not get your check book out and buy it.
joe consumer October 10, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Walgreens got turned down if CVS doesn't get turned down then Walgreens will surely go into the CVS spot
Jen A. October 10, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I agree with Lois515, 100%! There are so many pharmacy's in the area....a Whole Foods store is definately needed around here. Awesome suggestion!
amy brower October 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM
we don't need anymore pharmacies in this town. They should use the lot to make use of something our town could benefit from.
Jen A. October 10, 2012 at 01:27 PM
How about a restaurant?
Donna Marano October 10, 2012 at 01:35 PM
We need something to generate some tax revenue. Trader Joe's, Uncle Guiseppe's did not opt for the place. However, if they did, the neighbors behind the property would be opposed to it because it would create noise, garbage and traffic. If the drug store comes in, it will create noise, garbage and traffic. If the hospital took it over we would not generate any tax revenues, but the neighbors would be happy for an office type situation, however again, it will create traffic and again not generate any tax revenue. The property is an eyesore. As far as historic value, let's see, can it be knocked down and rebuilt using green energy and a beautiful property-I am sure it can. You can rebuild victoria type buildings, I am sure if anyone was to buy it and knock it down their investment would consist of an architect. My final comment is this property is priced extremely high (another reason no one is jumping on it) and for the very few who are interested in it, let's show some support and if not, come up with your own money and buy it and make a beautiful park out of it-but rest assured someone will complain a beautiful park will make noise and have garbage! We have a lot to say with other peoples money. There is no bidding war on this property.
Dan October 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Does anyone know what the asking price is for the property?
STEVE H October 10, 2012 at 03:23 PM
The roads in that area won't take all the extra traffic for a high volume store like whole foods etc. another restaurant or bed and breakfast would be the way to go. Would really like to have the building preserved, it gives the area a unique feel.
Ira B. Safaty October 10, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I agree with this comment. There are many other options for this site. A Whole Foods or a Trader Joes would be a great move.
Tom M. October 10, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I think the building should be restored and turned into something beneficial. Offices, restaurant, something to that effect.
Paul October 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Absolutely. Certainly could use an upscale restaurant in the area. The history of the La Grange is a natural pull. Where do you take mom in the area when she comes into town to visit? Where do you take that special new gal on a date? Where do companies have those Christmas parties. Could keep typing for hours.
Eddy October 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
It should be preserved and ideally put back into use. How the heck all the existing pharmacies around here even make a profit now is beyond me ! I miss the days of Aldo's and Daytz.
L F Keenan October 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM
It IS a historical site. How can you even think of replacing it. It should be restored and preserved. Using it as a restaurant would be fine.
Peter Calabrese October 11, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Whether the building is repurposed or another is built, it should remain architecturally unique or in period and design with the La Grange. Similarly to the way the Russian Church was rebuilt/repurposed as an office. Also, if CVS moves to the new location the Town should use the opportunity to regain control of its existing site, which is both an eyesore and a grossly over utilized and crowded shopping facility. It's silly to talk about alternatvie uses as the site is NOW a mess and the market rules, not wishful thinking.
Leslie A. Zimmerly October 11, 2012 at 03:40 AM
No, we do not need another pharmacy in West Islip. What about a Whole Foods or Wild by Nature store??
Millie OJ October 12, 2012 at 05:26 AM
We def do not need another pharmacy! Why must we always go to Babylon or Bay Shore for cute shops or restaurants? A catering hall, real food (not fast food) restaurant, Meat Farms (get rid of gross Best Yet), clothing boutiques, a park where the town can hold events similar to Brightwaters Wohseepee Park (music, ice cream social, pumpkin picking, picnics, maybe ice skating). Keep part or all of the bldg to hold indoor events (puppet shows/crafts for kids, restrooms, etc). I don't feel it's so important to maintain the orig bldg. More important to get something interesting in WI.
Diane T. October 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I agree. I think it should be preserved and restored. A new restaurant/catering facility would work just fine. We already have so many pharmacies.
Joseph Dorfmeister October 17, 2012 at 07:59 AM
CVS needs to be relocated...the existing facility is small, the parking lot is dangerous and the property as a whole is not aestically pleasing...la grange needs to go...
marianne mingua October 23, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I wish they would keep this and restore it. It would make a beautiful bed and breakfast.
Spencer Fuchs October 23, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I agree, we don't need another pharmacy, it should be a restaurant or maybe a bed and breakfast !
Jean October 23, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I agree! It should be preserved! It is a historic site! Let's keep some history here for our children. You can always find anything else
Patricia Sullivan November 14, 2012 at 07:09 PM
It's an historic site...a CVS..c'mon.. There must be some people that still have imaginations and can make it back into something beautiful!! The traffic on the corner of Montauk and Higbie is dangerous enough as it is...especially when school children are crossing the street...the crossing guards take their lives in their hands. Let's try to keep West Islip beauiful and not make it into a Jericho Turnpike!
Samantha Paitakis November 15, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Wow... A Trader Joes would be PERFECT there!
Jane Jantz November 23, 2012 at 09:10 PM
please keep building! CVS YUK! Office buiding or another restaurant.


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