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West Islip Association Aims for Compromises for La Grange Site

Community group will hold a public meeting to discuss CVS proposal at the West Islip Library on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The West Islip Association (WIA) will meet at the West Islip Library on Thursday at 7 p.m. for a public discussion on its negotiations with developers regarding the construction of a CVS pharmacy at the site of the La Grange Inn.

Joe DeCarlo, president of the WIA, told Newsday the group has reached a number of compromises with CVS officials, including the construction of an extended buffer on the property line and the preservation and relocation of a portion of the inn.

The pharmacy's proposed 24-hour drive-through window, however, remains a point of contention between the two parties. However, both groups are open to  further discussion.

CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis told the paper that the company is "continuing to have constructive and productive dialogue with the association."

An in its place was set before the Islip Town planning board late last year.

The proposal drew criticism from more than a dozen residents who spoke before the board in opposition of the project.

Related Reading:

  • CVS Proposal Draws Concerns from Residents
  • The History of the La Grange Inn
  • La Grange Inn Closed...Again
  • Community Needs To Give CVS Proposal A Fair Hearing
  • Pharmacy Proposed to Replace Former La Grange Inn
West Islip Resident February 20, 2013 at 01:12 PM
I hope that Mr. Joe DeCarlo, current president of the WIA considers the West Islip residents in and around the La Grange property before supports any change to the existing property. The CVS company could easily purchase the existing property that is vacant next to the TD bank to erect there new building if they wish too. In addition, what are the plans for the existing building that CVS now occupies, is another pharmacy type store going to locate their causing even more congestion, or is it just going to become an empty eye sore like the La Grange. I don't understand why the La Grange property can't be converted to a park with several Tax Payers that cater to foot traffic like Babylon village preserving the landmark building. We have already been informed that the lot located across the street from the La Grange has been purchased and the construction of a home and Tax Payer strip stores are soon to begin. I wonder if the people pushing these projects would like cars parading up and down their street all hours of the night, they may just find out how it feels if they continue to over look the Tax Payers in the Montauk Highway area.
West Islip Resident February 20, 2013 at 01:18 PM
In addition, It seems like the non-tax paying hospital down the street is the only driving reason for all of these new projects. Since the closing of Brunswick Hospital West Islip has seen a steady increase in ambulance traffic and an increase in Doctors buying up residential properties converting them to offices to cater to the additional patients transported here from as far as Nassau County.
Anthony February 20, 2013 at 08:01 PM
The 25 foot buffer is Town Code. CVS has proposed that they will not comply with the added Town requirement for a 15 foot setback. That means as soon as the required 25 foot buffer ends, they will have a drive thru lane in place with cars running in the neighbors' backyards. The setback requirement is designed to give residential owners the added protection from noise pollution. CVS is being completely greedy with the proposed size of the building and effectively telling the neighbors to go to hell. Their bottom line is more important than a homeowner's quality of life. West Islip residents from all over our hamlet need to come out against this ridiculous, greed-driven, proposal. Go to the meeting Thursday night and tell the politicians in attendance that you expect them to look out for our quality of life or you will vote for someone who will.
Softballmom February 20, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Hopefully "West Islip Resident" does not need to use the services of the non-tax paying facility down the road. Seems to be he or she is taking their frustrations out on the Hospital down the street. Is it the fault of the "non-tax paying" hospital that Brunswick closed? Wonder what hospital or doctors "West Islip Resident" uses. If the doctors' are buying "residential" properties and converting them to offices, isn't this contradictory? Is it not the "residents" thus selling to the doctors? Just think about it. Seems that too many people complain about the traffic in West Islip. If you live in this town, you must have realized before you purchased your property, there was a hospital, 2 high schools, nursing home, little league baseball fields, marina and beach. doesn't that contribute to the traffic?
Jack Latch February 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM
I wouldn't want to live behind a store.........so I didn't buy a house behind property that was commercially zoned......
West Islip Resident February 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Don't worry about me using the non-tax paying hospital down the road. Having extensive experience in the health care industry, I will make the trip to an appropriately qualified medical facility should I ever need the services of one. As for Good Samaritan Hospital being one, I will defer to health care governing agencies reports on medical facilities to speak for themselves. I do encourage everyone to pack the meeting tonight and voice your opinion on the CVS matter. It appears that a good old picketing/protest and boycott of the existing CVS is in order to get the point across to them.
West Islip Resident February 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Oh and just so we are clear the residents are selling their homes to Doctors. The residents are selling the properties as residential and the Doctors then apply for permits with the support of the hospital to change the zoning of the properties to convert them to office space. It wasn't bad enough that all the front facing properties of Montauk Highway fell to these practices. But now they are trying to purchase and convert the corner houses on the side streets off of Montauk to continue to expand with no regard for community esthetics.
Anthony February 21, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Jack. If you are referring to the LaGrange Inn zoning, you are misinformed. The site where the LaGrange Inn in located is mostly zoned residential with just the portion closest to Montauk being zoned commercial, hence the application by CVS for a change of zone to all Business 1. So, the WI residents that purchased their homes next to the LaGrange were buying homes next to a catering hall operating by permit on a residentially zoned property. I think it's a stretch for you to claim that somehow those folks didn't have the right to expect those conditions to continue given the history of the building. This CVS proposal is the result of the current owners' inability to run the catering business profitably and their conscious choice to screw their neighbors and community by neglecting the structure.
Rich C February 21, 2013 at 02:10 PM
So which one of you are going to buy it and donate the property for a park...
Chris February 21, 2013 at 02:27 PM
CVS should build on the Dzus lot. What an eyesoar that has been for like 20 years longer than La Grange. Dont understand why people cant stand a vacant lot with a building with historically value and say NOTHING about the dump in front of stop n shop? It would be perfect. Match made in heaven. Get it done CVS!! No need for 24 hr pharmacy it only leads to more crime!
Ken February 21, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Cant It be a replacment for the Higbe center and also put some local politican offices in there . As for the Higbe center how about making that property into a two story condo complex for 55 and older
West Islip Resident February 22, 2013 at 01:29 PM
So the meeting last night about the proposed CVS on the corner of Higbe Lane and Montauk Highway was both informative and entertaining. To begin with, people had better not sleep on this issue and better contact the Islip town to voice their opinions on the proposed changes to the property before some elected gets the kick backs needed to push it through. It is very sad but obvious that the owners of the property are just plan greedy to say the least and only look to lease the property for pure profit. The owners say that CVS was the only game in town, well Sir, you own the property. You need to either improve the property to make it more marketable for sale or lease, or can continue to pay the taxes on it in its unusable condition. The fact that currently leasing it is the only option on the property leads me to be skeptical on their overall motives. .
West Islip Resident February 22, 2013 at 01:32 PM
(Part 2) There were several speakers who live in the area of the existing CVS who brought up outstanding points about the current crap whole of a store that now resides in the area. Some of the complaints range from debris and trash in the parking lot and surrounding properties to idling trucks delivering their product and non-stop traffic. One can only imagine how bad it will be with the addition of a 24 hour drive thru making an already congested corner impossible. It appears to me, that CVS needs to just go, or be scaled back from a 24 hour operation which is directly related to its proximity to the hospital down the street (Non-Tax paying Hospital), no other CVS in the area including the ones on RTE 231 are open 24 hours a day and they are in an area full of drive thru's.
West Islip Resident February 22, 2013 at 01:42 PM
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West Islip Resident February 22, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Honorable Steven J. Flotteron, Councilman Town Hall Second Floor 655 Main St Islip NY 11751 (631) 224-5565 S.Flotteron@townofislip-ny.gov -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Honorable Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, Councilwoman Town Hall First Floor, West Wing 655 Main Street Islip, NY 11751 (631) 224-5890 tbergin@townofislip-ny.gov -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Honorable John Cochrane Jr., Councilman Town Hall First Floor, East Wing 655 Main St Islip NY 11751 (631) 224-5559 jcochrane@townofislip-ny.gov -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Honorable Anthony Senft Jr., Councilman Ockers House 965 Montauk Hwy Oakdale, NY 11769 (631) 589-0234 asenft@townofislip-ny.gov

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