Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dollar Store a Go

       Opposition to commercial development is not new. I have seen it many times as property owners seek to preserve neighborhoods, sometimes rightly and sometimes not.
      The case of a Dollar General Store on Route 3 near Sackets Harbor is one of those only-in-NNY is this a big deal, much less a major news story.
       There's nothing of consequence on the highway and other than Dollar General is not Nordstrom's, there's no reason one can't be built.
      People who got the mistaken notion they are an elite opposed the store on the grounds it undermines the historic and unique character of Sackets.
      I lived in Sackets briefly decades ago before it became so tony.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/opinion/its-a-match-hounsfield-planning-board-must-follow-towns-zoning-laws-20160313

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember the city council voting not to let a business that crates jobs and pays taxes build on Washington street, din't want to offend the neighbors. My how we change our views.

Anonymous said...

boo hoo

Anonymous said...

Good to see the intelligent prevail.

Anonymous said...

They could stop it if they wanted to, but the majority want it.

If they wanted to, in a matter of weeks, they could form an unincorporated municipality known as a hamlet complete with zoning restricting a dollar store.

They could make the approval process so difficult that the developer walks. To do this, they would just need to require a traffic study and insist on the zoning guidelines of putting parking in the rear. They could require the archaeological study as par of the approval and they could require a more expensive historic looking building.

There is only a few $100k to be made developing dollar stores and it is a safe bet that the developer would abandon the project if they saw they would have to spend an extra $100k on approvals and an extra $100k on building a more aesthetically pleasing building.

The city has had good luck stopping projects using some of the above techniques.

Anonymous said...

that would be cool if they put a Mcdonald's next to the dollar store.

Anonymous said...

We seen to recall the same 2:32.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing that they're opposed a decent looking commercial project yet 2 miles away the Dexter folks allow construction of the ugliest store in the world. And that ugly store will likey go bankrupt even without the competition from the new dg

Anonymous said...

Maybe the developer will purchase some of the surrounding properties as well. If only to prevent having to listen to more boo hoo hooing. :D