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Mendelson: 'I Am Not Going Away'

Andrew Mendelson, who wants to construct a supermarket on Old Riverhead Road, was before the Westhampton Beach Village Board again last week.

For the eighth time this year, Andrew Mendelson, a developer who is proposing to construct a 40,000-square-foot supermarket on 4.2 acres of property on Old Riverhead Road, was before the Westhampton Beach Village Board requesting that his idea be explored. However, his request was denied yet again.

Last Wednesday night, Mendelson said he stood at the podium to ask that the village add the use of a grocery stores to the B3 zoning district and industrial zones.

"The meeting didn't go that well for me," said Mendelson, referring to the response he received from Richard Haefeli, the village's attorney.

Haefeli, as he has in the past, stated that adding a grocery store use to both the village's B-3 and industrial zones would require a master plan update, compete with an environmental study, which was completed during the village's last master plan update four years ago. He also indicated that trustees are not required to entertain his plan.

Mendelson, however, argues that the village has not spelled out the process in which to apply.

"If you look on the Village website you will find that there is no form for petitioning the government to amend the code," said Mendelson, who added that he has "tried very hard to keep this process from getting contentious."

"All I can say at this point is that I promise that I am not going away, and that I believe the village board will come through for the people, and take on the issue of my new grocery store proposal," said Mendelson.

Westhampton Beach Patricia DiBenedetto said trustees plan to re-read the village's master plan in an effort to decide what to do next.

Related Reading:

  • Westhampton Beach Property Owner Looks For Support for New Supermarket
  • Letter to the Editor: Village Board Should Hear Pros and Cons of Supermarket Proposal
  • Fight For Westhampton Beach Supermarket To Hit Internet Talk Show
  • Supermarket Developer Requests Zone Change
  • Supermarket Developer: 'I Will Take My Fight to the People'
  • Supermarket Developer Submits New Proposal To Westhampton Beach Village
  • Supermarket Developer: 'Here We Go Again'
  • Developer Looks For Public Support With Online Petition
  • Developer Calls for Resignation of Westhampton Beach Trustee
  • Supermarket Developer: 'Give the Public a Chance to Weigh In'
  • Developer Won't Put the Breaks On Supermarket Project
  • Westhampton Beach Village Not Rushing Supermarket Proposal
  • Fight Over Westhampton Beach Supermarket Continues

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Jeff December 11, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Is there something seriously wrong with this town? I for one am getting sick of them getting in the way of progress. Maybe they should just construct another bank or real estate office. That seems to be the only thing allowed in westhampton.
ML December 11, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I think this man should be given a medal for putting up with the whole situation and not giving up! This town is in the dark ages in so many ways and their backward ways is exactly why East of the Canal is considered more upscale. We do not have a decent grocery store to shop in. There was a time when 3 weeks in a row i tried to buy Parmagiana Reggiano Cheese at Waldbaums and they didn't have it-what decade are they in?????? It is time for this town to wake up and put some snap into this place!
ML December 11, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I truly do not understand why the town would not support this-i hear if Waldbaums closed it would be "bad for downtown"----let it shut down, tear it down then and put up a park if you are so concerned how the downtown looks-Do something for true progress and stop allowing Waldbaums and the town from holding the consumers hostage-its enough to make you move-its one thing after the other-I hear story after story about businesses being put through torture to open, stay open etc. Look at what the town has put Simon the bakery man through-Shame on them-Simon is the lifeblood of this town-they should thank him for all he has done to keep this place alive.
New Guy December 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I am an Eastender don't llive in Westhampton, if the man wants to build a supermarket let him. Progress is a problem around here it is not just Westhampton
Hbjoker December 11, 2012 at 07:06 PM
i am curious as to how much money the members of these board have invested in their towns instead of taking ridiculas pay and benifits?
Elyse Richman January 09, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Look at the housing development that has begun on Old Riverhead Rd, over the next couple of years this will lead to more housing projects along that road, the future development of the business district at Gabrski Airport that the Rechlers have undertaken, it just makes sense that they allow this to be heard and reviewed. Why should it take years of fighting ? Encourage development in this village ,support businesses that are here and businesses that want to come here .we have enough empty restaurants and storefronts and dilapidated empty lots,look to the future and growth of this village ?
ML January 09, 2013 at 04:35 PM
This town is an embarrassment
Joy Sopitz January 17, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Has Andrew Mendelson seen any of these blogs? I think we need to get in touch with him. Is this possible?
ML January 17, 2013 at 06:53 PM
its a shame I have to travel so far to buy decent groceries-This is one of the main reasons down the road I plan on leaving. The mentality of the people running this town is pathetic-a bunch of red necks who don't understand how to develop any level of sophistication-it is 2013 not 1960-they just don't get it. Everything is a fight in terms of any business-its just a turn off. The fountain in front of O Suzanna, the carousel, everything is an issue. AND with all of that the entrance looks like a war zone at the main corner of Montauk highway and the Airport Rd. THe people in charge are really doing a great job aren't they? Great progress they are making, lol. what a shame-its sad really. I am all for this grocery store man-God bless the strength he has-shame on this town and the lack of foresight it has. What are they protecting????? that is what I want to know
S S January 26, 2013 at 08:43 PM
This is absurd...on the part of the village. Sure, most don't a Home Depot or a Wal- Mart, or a Petco in the community, but a grocery store.! Who does this mayor work for...The people?...vote these clowns and their appointees out. We're talking about a grocery store!...Quality FOOD for our families. These "leaders" are more rotten than the Waldbaums dairy case...they should be grown up at this age. Lamehampton Beach....
Algebra February 20, 2013 at 05:03 AM
Quit complaining about Walbaums, and show then the receipt from Stop n Shop and other stores out of the village. Where this guy wants to put the store is far from downtown and would have people travel to this supermarket, then leave. It is not zoned for what he wants. If it was a Hooters, would you feel it's OK ?
Michael Hyman February 24, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Good for Mr. Mendelshon. We sould vote all the backwards thinking politicians out. And not let them shop at Mr. Mendelshon's store. Don't they see nobody goes downtown unless the are real estate brokers. While we're at it all the brokers should move to the new airport industrial area and bring in new exciting businesses to revitalize the town. Also good for Simon that wasn't too bad only ten years to get approved to improve the town
Michael Hyman February 24, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Good for Mr. Mendelson. This town needs more people like him and Simon to get this town into the 21st century. Let's move all the real estate ofiices to the new airport industrial area and bring in new exciting retailers. Get rid of the four corners restaurant that look's like it is about to fall down and put in new new exciting restaurant. Get rid of the bowling alley and make it a mixed use retail center. Get creative to bring back the excitement this town use to have.
pietro bottero March 27, 2013 at 04:43 PM
you can always come to the patio and we will loan you some parmigiano. happy to help a fellow whb'er in need. the super market situation is a shame.

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