Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Opponents Boo Dollar General Coming to Tony Hounsfield

      The reason stores like Dollar General exist is there is market for what they sell. Now, granted, there are those who wouldn't be caught dead shopping in one as they think it's too pedestrian. So it seems in the Sackets Harbor area where people are actually fighting the building of one of the stores on Route 3.
     It's kind of like that opposition to McDonalds on Washington Street where a decision I still regret and feel was a mistake was made to keep the food joint out because of reasons that largely made no sense and went against the notion of private property rights.
     Out in Hounsfield, some elites say it will go against the historic nature of the nearby village. Actually, why wouldn't you want it downtown with some accommodations on facades ?
     The demise of Pier One in favor of a Dollar General may be an insight into the demographics of the region.  Route 3 in Hounsfield is not Rodeo Drive.
     http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/blueprints-for-dollar-general-jreck-subs-coming-to-hounsfield-planning-board--20160216

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

The rejection of Ronald wasn't just a rejection of property rights, it was a rejection of the very concept of zoning and planing.

Prior to the interstate system, US route 11 was THE gateway into the city. It still is the second busiest road coming into the city. If ever there was a place to allow commercial development, it would be where the Mcdonald's was proposed. Commercial zoning should be extended to the same depth that it exists for the drug store and the plaza one block away. The idea that homeowners were expecting to live with no commercial activity when they are adjacent to or on the same block as the commercial zoning, is ludicrous.

Anonymous said...

"Boo"..haha
You could never write headlines for Perry or Scotty though...
It should be something like, "Men try to squash woman's input and her vision for the area.

Anonymous said...

Boo who....

Anonymous said...

Dollar General in downtown Sackets would look ridiculous and take away from the area. Come on, use some common sense.

Anonymous said...

There should be some kicks administered directly to the Jimmies for not allowing the McDonalds on Wash.
That whole mess still reinforces the opinion that the city is in incompetent hands! The tax dollar contribution alone would have been tremendous without even mentioning the aesthetic improvement and job creation.
But, unfortunately that is something that will probably never be brought up again and we are the worse for it.
Now we will have to look for what will seem eternity at that poorly kept, filthy looking repair shop surrounded by disabled cars and used tires taking up space on what is possibly the most desirable corner lot in the city.
Way to go Watertown! Keepin it classy!

Anonymous said...

Lady in the article seems a lot full of herself.

Anonymous said...

There's a lot of elitism going on around some of these towns. Cape Vincent outlaws the wind, and now we have Sackets banning stores that serve working people. I never realized there were so many teachers and government employees down there. I don't really understand the opposition, as it will be build out on route 3. I guess the Volvo crowd will have to see it as they drive into their historic village.

Anonymous said...

8:52, it's not going to be in downtown Sackets. Calm yourself.

Anonymous said...

Clayton will take. we are all about unfettered growth and unplanned development. need a variance or rezoning - just ask the right people.

Anonymous said...

Boy, this granola eatin, tree huggin libertard sure thinks she's something, huh?
Even her RINO 'live-in-boy' is posting about it on his social media.
Hey Pat, when did you just start representing the haves in your district? Maybe grow a pair and put your old lady in her place eh? Nah...

Anonymous said...

11:55, sounds like you need to get out to the range and fire off your bazooka to relive some built up stress. Cape did not ban wind. the wind still blows there a plenty. They did however ban ungodly tall industrial wind turbines form lining their scenic shores and destroying their only asset. I know what your thinking, they already have lead in the water in flint or Canada or somewhere, so Cape might as well sign up for lead too. But your argument is even dumber than you are. Makes us wonder if its disingenuous.

Anonymous said...

How about bringing one to Theresa????? Put it at the Old Brown Chevy dealership?

Anonymous said...

2:41, I would never consider posting something that was disingenuous. Not me, no way no how.

And I don't have a bazooka. But if you know where I can find one I would be interested.

Stop the wind. Or as Bernie says, tax it.

Anonymous said...

Dollar General stores offer convenience of geography something that is dying out in the big box retailer world. The neighborhood general store is a thing of the past. Nobody wants to drive 20 minutes to pick one household item.

Anonymous said...

Wake up !!! The council was again accommodating the 500 club on the south side to keep Mcdonald's and other businesses off Washington street. If a north side site was brought before them it would have been approved that night.Just think of all the lost tax revenue and the jobs we lost.

Anonymous said...

Amen 1059. Working class, taxpayers be damned! This is nothing more than a red herring from little Miss Honey Boo Boo. The build-out on Rt. 3 will help the economy in Hounsfield and is an EXCELLENT idea!

Anonymous said...

We wouldn't need Dollar Generals if the guberment enforced anti-trust laws. It's ridiculous that you local mom and pop store has to pay more to the Pepsi distributor than what they could buy it for at Dollar General and WalMart.