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West Islip CVS Proposal Focus of Public Hearing Thursday

Change of zone hearing starts at 7:30 p.m. at town hall.

The hotly debated CVS proposal in West Islip will be the focus of a public hearing Thursday night before the Islip Town Zoning Board as the applicant, First Hartford Realty Corp., seeks a zone change from Resident B and Business 1 to all Business 1, as well as a special permit to operate a freestanding retail use that is larger than 10,000 square feet of floor area.

The hearing, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Islip Town Hall, comes less than a month after the town planning board approved the CVS proposal for the northwest corner of Montauk Highway and Higbie Lane, the site of the former La Grange catering hall and restaurant.

The CVS proposal has been strongly opposed for years by residents and even some local businesses due to concerns about traffic and safety issues.

“The chamber is in favor of business development. We are still concerned about the traffic flow generated at that busy intersection,” said Nancy Donohue, West Islip Chamber President, who attended the planning board meeting in late November.

During a West Islip Association meeting last February residents were provided insight on what the proposed CVS would look like. The structure shown is not a traditional box-style CVS and offers a look that is similar to that of La Grange. 
MelissaW December 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM
traffic flow? Can't be any worse then the traffic flow there already and at the existing CVS, which has THE WORST parking lot in West Islip! We need this new CVS!
Ecar Iksar December 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM
We truly do not need another big box pharmacy, even if it "offers a look that is similar to that of La Grange" (not!)
PaloAlto December 16, 2013 at 01:58 PM
I grew up looking at the La Grange It was a beautiful building, should have been preserved. I'm so sad that West Islip cares so little about it's history that a CVS would be an appealing alternative. I've been gone from West Islip 40 years now, but whenever I go home to visit, I notice that West Islip has an abundance of drugstores. In California, CVS is one of the nastiest pharmacies, dingy, dirty and stocked with their own crappy brands. Not a very welcome addition to California. I can't imagine why West Islip would find CVS to be a suitable replacement for that corner.
Valerie December 16, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Welcome CVS! It can't be any worse than the eye sore we have there now!!
Ecar Iksar December 16, 2013 at 05:29 PM
If McDonalds can look like this http://buildabetterburb.org/671/ - make CVS do something more fitting.
oldfed December 17, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Folks, ATTEND THE MEETING ON THE 19TH HELP STOP CVS FROM DESTROYING OUR HERITAGE! A SUFFOLK COUNTY PARK IS POSSIBLE, AND WOULD PROVIDE GREEN SPACE FOR GARDENS, CEREMONIES, CONCERTS, AND A SAFE AREA FOR THE KIDS. NO MORE GREEDY DEVELOPMENT FROM PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIVE HERE! STOP IT NOW!!!
Audrey December 17, 2013 at 05:42 AM
I think it's disgraceful that the town would so easily say goodbye to yet another historical landmark. Has the board reached out to catering groups such as Lessings to see if there is an interest? Perhaps a temporary tax break as an incentive? Very sad.
Rich C December 17, 2013 at 07:26 AM
Buy the property and you can donate to us, for a park. Thanks for being so generous.
Valerie December 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM
I don't think the owner of the property is looking to sell it. I think he's leasing it. No? What will he gain by making it a park? I understand where you are all coming from but obviously the owner wants to make money. That doesn't make him greedy. I'd love a park with concerts but I don't think it's realistic. Too bad the town doesn't own the property, they could have made it whatever they wanted!
West Islip Resident December 23, 2013 at 09:22 AM
Anyone have an update on how the meeting went?
West Islip Resident December 23, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Disregard, I found my answer. http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/cvs-will-be-allowed-to-move-preserve-lagrange-inn-1.6659456

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