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Walmart Supercenter Is Not Coming to Cortlandt

A change of plans for the land across from the Cortlandt Town Center.

A 161,000 square foot will not be built on the property across from the Cortlandt Town Center and next to

The owners of the Acadia Realty, bought the 36-acre lot from Westrock Development, the developer that was considering selling it to Walmart. The current Walmart in the CTC will stay where it is and Acadia will build something smaller on the property it now owns, Puglisi said. Westrock had owned the property for more than six years and was originally planning to open a shopping mall before its now-canceled Walmart plans.

“We have a partner in community that will work with us and not put something too large in that site and that will hear ideas of what we’d like to see there,” Puglisi said. The Town Supervisor suggests putting a trolley there that will take people around the parking lot at the CTC so shoppers can park in one spot and have transportation to all the stores in the large shopping center.

Puglisi was at first hesitant but to a Walmart Supercenter moving in, stating that she had concerns over traffic, size and the fact that the property would have had to be rezoned because it was half commercial and half residential. The Town Board was also generally opposed to the supercenter plans.

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Ray Adamick August 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Well said Bob R.
Barbara August 18, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Sandra, I agree totally with you it would be great to have a Chuck E Cheese down this way. There is nothing for the kids to do . I know for a fact that there are adults that take their children to parties at Chuck E Cheese and they enjoy themselves there by playing the games. People are only thinking of themselves not of the children.
George Sinzer August 18, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I moved out of Peekskill over 10 years ago and while I would have liked to see Wal-Mart open a Super Center to help create jobs in that area, I agree with Ray HUD housing would be a huge help for those faced with living in homeless shelters, on the streets and so forth. As for Leesther Brown's comments, people ignore that woman she is only out for her own self interests. She will lie to and about anyone to get her way, and has no concern for anyone or anything but herself. But for Peekskill no matter if it is Target or Wal-Mart or housing (and bare in mind the CTC is NOT in Peekskill nor is WM) Peekskill needs many things, jobs and housing, but if the City Government and people like Leester keep getting in the way none of this will happen. I lived my whole life in Peekskill, 30 years in the PFD, worked there, fought City Council & its Mayor's over issues that went against the people of Peekskill. Now as to WM and the CTC, since they are both outside of Peekskill and not in it's city limits, we should address in Peekskill not outside it. Tonight I would like to invite all interested to come to my online radio program, there we can give this issue a complete looking at, go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/firefoxnews-online/2012/08/19/firefoxnews-online tonight at 11PM ET and join me.
George Sinzer August 18, 2012 at 07:41 PM
And as to Wendy Kelly's comments regarding the Meth Clinic, that was behind the Peekskill Hospital for years. When did you think it started there because the Methadone clinic in Peekskill has been around at least 5 years before I moved out of Peekskill and I left in 2002 - 2003, in fact come to think about it when I worked at the Hospital (then called Peekskill Community Hospital) the clinic was there and that was the late 80's early 90's. Just so your aware... I could call HVHC and make sure but I am 90% sure of this.
Walden Macnair August 19, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Hey Mary Foster!, With all the empty space you have in Peekskill, why aren't you courting the Walmart folks?
Peter Goodson August 19, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Hey Georgie, I remember you. Didn't you try to throw Ray off the top of Bohlmann back in the day? Could you be connected to the other story here on Patch?
leesther brown August 19, 2012 at 06:44 PM
ROFLMBAO.....I know you ain't trying to call me out!!!! LOL...#fuctardsneednottry...
leesther brown August 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM
@Peter yeah that's the "Ignoranus".....#bornstupid...
leesther brown August 19, 2012 at 07:38 PM
George, I'm just curious "Imbicile" what is it that you think I'm out for?!!! Rock bottom is the solid foundation on which I've built my life...I got mine...You don't know anything about me other than I reached out and tried to help your simple self.....#stayonurmeds...
Joseph Nazar August 20, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Guys, I used to live in Yorktown, and visit every so often. The Jefferson Valley Mall seems nice still (though they shouldn't have taken out the trees and fountain on the first floor court, and the outside of the building looks tacky.) In your opinions, what is wrong with it?
Bill August 20, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I don't want to be accused of being the Patch Police again, but discussion about the JV Mall should really go in a thread that is currently discussing the mall over in Yorktown Patch. http://yorktown-somers.patch.com/articles/poll-what-restaurants-shops-should-open-at-the-jefferson-valley-mall?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001
Joseph Nazar August 20, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Does northern Westchester really need anymore shopping centers or malls? (Except for some stores which offer lower prices--maybe already existing centers and malls could be refitted for such stores.)
Bill August 20, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Big Lots coming to where Circuit City used to be is along those lines. And this property will apparently just be part of the Cortlandt Town Center. So they will not have competition, and presumably the no-compete terms that the tenants currently have will expand to the new section.
Joseph Nazar August 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Thanks for informing me, Bill. I've been worried about all the land already commercially developed, and the consequent high traffic.
Teleman August 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I know the restaurants do their own studies, but this is such a dead area for restaurants- either have to go to white plains or to dutchess county for outback, longhorn,red lobster,bonefish etc - mot many choices
Joseph Nazar August 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I haven't really paid much attention on my visits to the restaurants, but my impression's been that there are a number of good chain and private restaurants in northern Westchester and Putnam.
Bill August 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Not a lot of the big chains up here (Chilis and Applebees). You get people saying "we want Red Lobster/Olive Garden", and the Buca di Beppo (which is actually better than OG, I believe) announces they're coming and other people complain that there are enough locally owned Italian restaurants and we don't need a chain.
leesther brown August 21, 2012 at 02:21 AM
LOL!!! I just listened to your broadcast from last night...lol I'm a loud mouth that thinks she knows everything about everybody?!!! This is what I know you went down to 911 dressed as a priest,and tried ministering to folks and when they found out you were an "imposter" they ran your arse from down there..and if my memory serves me right you've done similar here in Peekskill...#achristmasfruitcakenobodycangetridof...
Heather Sullivan August 21, 2012 at 06:41 PM
@Bill, Kohls is not a "nice" department store. It is a step above Walmart in the quality of the merchandise. Fine for basics, but many of the clothes are not really "on trend". Nordstrom is a "nice" department store and has a kickass shoe department. DSW is great, but it doesn't carry some of the higher-end shoe brands (UGG, Frye, Tory Burch, TOMs).
Heather Sullivan August 21, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I think of myself as something of a Westchester "outsider" in that I was raised in New Jersey and have only lived in Westchester for 10 years (9 in White Plains, the last year in Peekskill), but since moving here I have been appalled at the limited shopping and dining options in one of the country's wealthiest counties. It's such a strange contrast to the area where my parents now live (outside Phoenix, AZ) where the median income is much lower but you never have to drive more than 15 minutes for any of the stores mentioned in the comments here (and plenty that aren't even on the east coast yet). My parents pay $2500 property taxes a year on a 4,000+sf house because the businesses are picking up the tax burden. I don't understand why the towns of Westchester are so opposed to commercial development. It's very disappointing and one of the reasons I would ultimately like to move out of the area, but at this point my husband's job is keeping us here.
Bill August 21, 2012 at 07:19 PM
It's not much worse (if at all) than JC Penney, which many people have asked for. It's not Nordstrom (which I agree is very nice) but there is no way that the local area can support a high end place like that. You're not in White Plains anymore.
Bill August 21, 2012 at 07:24 PM
First, realize there are two Westchesters. There is White Plains and everything south, and then there is the rest. The areas to the south have plenty of retail. It's the areas to the north that have the problem. Northern Westchester has historically been "under retailed" and people would always drive down to White Plains or Central Avenue to shop. Now that Danbury has been built up, it's another option. Look at the threads here about Costco coming to Yorktown and it's amazing to see the comments from some people who think that it's a terrible store for the area and that we can do much better. Almost as bizarre as the idea that Route 202 is too nice and pristine to be ruined something big like Costco.
Joseph Nazar August 21, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I think the powers that be could have set up a cheaper tax structure in northern Westchester--with the cooperation of the business community and residents.
Anthony Reid August 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM
NO WHOLE FOODS! TARGET OR TRADER JOES ONLY!
Bob Rohr August 23, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I think many people here have an inferiority complex. This is not a poverty pocket, if you look at Census data we are pretty high. Trader Joe has a unique business model. It is privately owned, and they expand slowly. They pay their crew members $40-60K a year, and Mangers are in the low six figures. It takes time to find and train people in their customer service model. Since they private brand almost everything, they have to set up that supply chain also. Northern Westchester has a lot of good independent restaurants. They are tucked away in some cases. I hear Red Lobster, Olive Garden and other chains mentioned. They are crappy unfreeze and heat places. Good seafood and Italian food is not rare in this area. When the Towns like Yorktown, Cortland Manor open their arms to larger and better Stores and businesses, they will come. The economy has slowed them down with credit tight. Before the Town Center, there was Jamesway and Pergament, a dead strip mall and so dangerous at Night I would not take my Wife with me. Everyone predicted doom when the Town Center opened, did not happen. The BJ's Center was a closed and rotting Whites Dept Store, now it is alive. The Triangle was rotting away and now it is alive. If they had allowed the JV Mall to expand years ago, you would have better Stores. What high end chain would take a chance on a maybe? If you limit development to these East/West corridors, they will have almost no impact on the residential areas.
Chereese Jervis-Hill August 23, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Trader Joe's, Trader Joe's, Trader Joe's!!!
Confused August 23, 2012 at 07:36 PM
An indoor flea market, Golden Corral Restaurant, Lowes, etc.
Wendy Kelly August 23, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Heather Sullivan couldn't agree with you more.
Cheryl September 13, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Target would be nice and a Christmas Tree Shop and more restaurants in general. Eveready Diner? Please update the JV mall, expand it as well.
Allisonmanzella@gmail.com April 19, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Upscale stores!

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