October Village Board Meeting

Thursday, October 06, 2011

October Village Board Meeting

Well-attended and briskly conducted monthly meeting this evening... in and out in 21 minutes.

It was, however, not without certain points of interest:

  • Café Mambo (currently closed for the Winter) at 3 Moniebogue Lane was approved to have outdoor dining and music.
  • The Sandwich Club's application for outdoor dining was referred to the Planning Board.
  • Hampton Square Reality, which took Westhampton Beach to court over its assessment, was refunded $11,835.51 in property taxes.
  • Permission was granted for a wedding at Rogers Beach on Sunday, October 30... evidence of the couple's optimism about the weather.
  • A request by Westhampton Beach PTA for a Hal­loween parade on Monday, October 31 was approved.
  • The Board approved up to $26,000 in professional fees in respect to litigation involving Suffolk Asphalt Supply, which should gladden the hearts of its neighbors on Rogers and Hazelwood Avenues.
  • Nadine Hampton was appointed as a member of the Village Beautification Committee.
  • Purchases of some new equipment... a snow plow, an auto lift and a chainsaw... for the Village Highway Department was approved.
  • Following a final inspection of the concession area of Rogers Beach Pavilion, Quogue Country Market's security deposit was returned.
  • Various Public Hearings regarding Building Depart­ment fees and Road Opening Permits were scheduled.

There was only one person, developer Andrew Mendelson, who rose from the audience to propose an informational meeting about a subject near and dear to the hearts of an overwhelming number of area residents: an alternative supermarket.

The property that Mr. Mendelson has figurative­ly staked-out is the site of the former N.B. Rogers & Son lumber yard in the B3 District where "supermarket" is not a permitted use.

Mr. Mendelson also disclosed that it was he who com­missioned the poll conducted in May which asked, among other things:

"Would you be in favor of a competing supermarket opening in Westhampton Beach?"

And, as OtBB noted at the time, "Hey!, who wouldn't prefer a local alternative to Waldbaum's!"

But the issues raised in the May 25th entry are still there, and Mr. Mendelson can stack future meetings with as many locals with a single-minded "I'm fed up with Waldbaum's" focus as he can motivate to attend, but this is far from an easy path.

Emotions will run high, but spot-zoning is illegal, and a revision to the entire B3 is not a panacea.

But when people start to get mad at Village Government over this issue, remember that the real villains here are The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which owns Waldbaum's, and Staller Associates, the Sunset Avenue location landlord.


1. Bruce Tria said...

Before everyone gets excited about a supermarket near the old train station, I would respectfully remind you that the decline of downtown Riverhead began when the last supermarket moved out in 1976.

It was called progress at the time. Yet, I wonder if that term really should've been applied given the state of Main Street, Riverhead.

I see no point in duplicating that and the results that followed on Sunset Avenue and Main Street in Westhampton Beach.

Thanks for the input, Bruce... the problem is that few can get past the fact that as long as the present Waldbaum's is "the only game in town," the (apparent) easiest solution would be to provide an alternative venue.

It would at best be a quick fix, and unmindful of the long game, one to which, should there ever be the "informational meeting" such as Mr. Mendelson proposed last evening, Village Planner Kyle Collins and Building Administrator Paul Houlihan would explain the significant downside.

This isn't easy... but rational thought should prevail instead of the emotional vox populi upon which Mr. Mendelson is banking.

2. Jeanne Speir said...

Trader Joe's, Fairway, Zabar's; it would be so nice to have a nice alternative market... maybe they can take over the old Gristedes, a/k/a Rite Aid, if Mr. Tria is worried about moving the supermarket business away from Sunset.

Nice of you to sell Rite Aid out like that! I think they're in a better financial position than corporate A&P.

3. Paramarine said...

I can think of an old bowling alley that could be repurposed.

Ho ho!

4. Eastend68 said...

The best spot for a supermarket is the old Pastor Chevy property.

That would seem extremely promising, readily accessible to everyone from Speonk to Quiogue... lotsa parking space, and the various vacant Bailey's properties for others wishing to use the supermarket (let's hear it for Trader Joe's or Fairway or even Stop 'n' Shop).
– Dean

5. Crabby said...

Nahhhh-- There's three Stop 'n' Shops nearby. We don't need another boring chain, please. Aren't they another A&P subsidiary? We need a second market with a depth of stock and superior coffee, where you can buy less than a pound of superb freshly ground beans, beautiful fruits and vegetables, world cheeses in small packages, breads, chocolates, a deli with flare, and international fare (not just chain junk food Spanish and canned Chinese). I've found the superior products at the better markets end up costing less.

We are lucky to have such a great seafood market and butcher. And such a treat! Real soppressata, DELICATE pastries – unheard of in these parts (apologies to Simon, but sorry, don't like your stiff, dull crusts, gelatinized fruit tarts, or Crisco flavored frostings.)

Oh. Don't forget a National's-style 5 and 10 too!

No one would have to leave the Village.

I see madame has thought this through... except the part about Stop 'n' Shop being part of the A&P conglomerate! (Unless something's changed in the past fortnight, and given A&P teeting on the abyss of bankruptcy, I don't think so!)

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