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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
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
Mary PassaroSecretary to the Boardzoningboard@townofislip-ny.gov Town Hall 40 Nassau Ave, Suite 1 Islip, New York11751 (631) 224-5489 (631) 224-3060
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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