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Tensions Rise as E. Patchogue Walmart Proposal Heads Toward Board Vote

Residents make feelings known on proposed superstore as an environmental study is resubmitted.

Blue and yellow signs clashed at the Brookhaven Town Planning Board meeting Monday night as concerned residents displayed support and opposition to the

Attorneys from Barry S. Porter & Associates presented alternatives to the construction plan, the options ranging from different square footages for the building or avoiding construction altogether.

John Harter, of Atlantic Traffic & Design Engineers, said traffic flow will not be harmed and extensive road renovations wouldn’t be necessary.  

“The bridge widening is not mandatory,” Harter said. “The DEIS [] report says there will be minimal traffic influence, and traffic during peak hour would not be affected.”  

The proposal to bring Walmart to the open land on Hospital Road and North Service Road was initially brought to the Board in 2008. The Board received the DEIS report on Nov. 21, 2011 after rescinding the first draft.

Mixed feelings in the crowd were evident as Chairman Vincent Pascale frequently banged the gavel for order. Among them was Sylvia Harris of Pinewood Apartments, who gathered a petition of 2,250 people who are pro-Walmart.

“They have Walmart everywhere else [besides] Suffolk, and some of us senior citizens can’t make it there,” Harris said. “What’s wrong with building it there? If you’re talking about the traffic, it’s bad everywhere. If I had the money, I’d build it myself.”

Pascale read a letter from Mayor Paul Pontieri that announced the Patchogue Village Board of Trustees opposition toward Walmart.

“Patchogue has felt the negative impact of big box stores, and many of our retail stores are struggling through a downward economy- the last thing we need is another big box store,” the letter read.

Preserving wildlife and the green space was also a concern for many, including Mary Ann Johnston of the Affiliated Brookhaven Civic Organization Inc.

“We have a commitment to maintain open space, and I’d like to see [the Board] keep it,” Johnston said. “We want to convert our blighted properties into lighted properties- I’ve never heard an explanation to why Walmart wants this site.”

The next Board meeting will be held on January 23.  

Martha Gillette March 26, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Proudly desolating Yes East Patchogue sign :-)
Martha Gillette March 26, 2013 at 11:28 PM
www.Facebook.com/IWANTEastPatchogueWalmart
Martha Gillette March 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Anyone knows where I can get a sign "I want East Patchogue Walmart"... MGillette71@optimum.net Thank you.
Sandra Davis April 23, 2013 at 04:56 PM
I love shopping at Walmart. Where can I get a sign "I want East Patchogue Walmart"... Think Jobs, conveinence for seniors. Not all of us can afford to shop at the high end stores. Walmart has quality items that we who are on a fixed budget can afford. I agree with Martha.
Christopher Mancini August 04, 2013 at 08:51 AM
This CRAZY IDEA of building a Walmart at the proposed location has been very quiet lately. Anyone know what the latest status is of this?? As I have stated before, I too would like a Walmart near here. BUT ....... ANYONE who thinks that this location is a good one has seriously got to re-think this. Hospital Rd CAN NOT HANDLE the traffic. The last I heard, the Town Of Brookhaven (aka Town Of Crookhaven) has determined that the over pass that is currently in place, can handle the increased traffic. Well, that is absurd and obviously someone at town hall is either completely STUPID or JUST DOES NOT CARE about the immediate area where this store is to be built. Since a BJ's is rumored to be going up at the now vacant outlets in Bellport, Walmart and Arnold Wolowitz can push for this site. Well, anyway, I just want to know if anyone knows what the status is????

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