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Exploring Issues: Carvel in Cortlandt

While Carvel never left Cortlandt, its old building has sat vacant for a few years. What would you want to see there?

Carvel relocated its business from a unique old-fashioned ice cream stand to the small shopping center across the street on Westbrook Drive a few years ago.

Today, its former building sits empty and crumbling at the roundabout with the driveway chained off.  According to town officials the building housed Carvel for more than forty years.

Undoubtedly, many of you drive past that old building every day. Do you ever consider what you would like to see in that spot? Would you want it to be knocked down, restored to its original condition so something else with a nostalgic feel could move in, or rebuilt into something completely new? Restaurant? Retail? Service?

Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

For some interesting information on Carvel (did you know the owner opened his first shop in Hartsdale in 1936?) read Westchester Magazine's article from this past August,  "Fun Facts About Carvel."

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Emilia November 22, 2011 at 02:06 AM
It would be nice to see a breakfast place where local people can come for coffee, etc.--a diversion from diners and fast food places.
Bob Foley November 22, 2011 at 02:55 AM
While site certainly has "visibility" it does NOT have safe "access" (cars entering and leaving..and pedestrians getting to it crossing busy bottom of Red Mill Rd. and Westbrook Drive; and Oregon Road cross through). That's the key. Knock the structure down and put in suitable passive "green space" for neighborhood people to walk to and enjoy a park bench under a lampost and tree or two (not too close to the curve of the roundabout!!!). You can NOT open a high-volume business or restaurant at that site--too dangerous and confusing to facilitate safe auto and truck access even with the extended part of the site (easterly on Oregon Rd. (with the old run-down pub structure).. Smaller is safer.
Liz Giegerich November 22, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Hi Bob, Thanks for your expert take on this. It is definitely a tricky parking lot. I just got back from Peekskill City Hall where their economic development specialist discussed some of his plans with me. He showed me some photos of interesting public artwork, which got me thinking. That might be nice in that old Carvel spot. Something the does not even require a parking lot to be enjoyed. I know Cortlandt has very nice memorials and statues. Is there any large public art project anywhere?
craig November 22, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I'm not sure the Town should be in the Real Estate business. I think most taxpayers would like to see their money used for other purpose's.This is a busy location not exactly a site for a park or green space.Lot's of auto noise and fume's .Tricky access for pedestrian's too.I do agree the buildings should be razed.
John Murray November 24, 2011 at 12:21 PM
I agree with this and similar sentiments, especially around the impracticality of locating a business off this very busy traffic circle. Plant more flowers!

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