Village Hires Traffic Consultant to Examine CVS Plan

Lindenhurst Village board wants closer look at traffic impact; architect consultant also tapped to review.

The Lindenhurst Village board voted unanimously at its Tuesday to hire a special traffic consultant and a special architectural consultant in connection with the proposed erection of a CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Montauk Highway and Wellwood Avenue.

The move came after David Woods, president of the Heer Park/Meridale Civic Association, passed out a letter to the board expressing his organization's concerns about "potential hotspots" in the planned work, and stating that his civic association is avidly against the building.

Woods also questioned which version of the plan is under consideration, saying that based on what he's seen, the planning board and the zoning board might not be looking at the same set of plans.

Prior to the vote Mayor Tom Brennan stated the board is "not happy" with certain elements of the proposal.

"We're very concerned about the parking plan," said Brennan. "We're not happy with the 24 hours. As for the drive-through, I believe that has been withdrawn, but we'll have to clarify this."

To be hired are Philip Cimino, traffic engineer, at $185 per hour for engineering and planning work, and $145 per hour for technician work. Also to be hired is Stephen Fellman, RA, a special architectural consultant to the Village, at a rate of $125 per hour. The expenses are to be paid by the applicant, pursuant to Village code.

In Village Business
The board accepted a recommendation from a project review committee to add an additional 137 linear feet of marina bulkhead and boardwalk to the Wellwood Avenue Marina Bulkhead Rehab (Lindenhurst Docks) project, Phase II, due to approval of insurance recovery funding.

Stout Construction of Patchogue was awarded the work, in the amount of $177,253, and reimubrsement for the funding will be sought from the Village's insurance carrier and/or FEMA. According to Village Clerk Shawn Cullinane, it's anticipated the work will commence on June 18 and take approximately six weeks.

The board agreed to purchase a new 14KW generator in the amount of $3,250 from Long Island Emergency Power of Deer Park, for . Funds for this purchase are to be appropriated from a 2006 NYS Community Capital Assistance Program Grant.

The board also agreed to have properties at 697 North Erie Avenue, 323 South 15th Street and 954 South Fourth Street cleared of debris, junk and rubbish, overgrown vegetation and other materials, and have them boarded up, after having previously contacted or attempted to contact the owners of the property concerning unsatisfactory conditions on and around the properties.

The cost of the work will be added as a special assessment to the taxes on the property owners, with an additional surcharge of $200 added to each clean-up.

In addition, Edward Fox was appointed as Associate Justice of the Village of Lindenhurst, effective June 1, 2012, for the remainder of a term to expire April 1, 2013.

John Lisi June 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM
To ALL: CVS does desire to vacate the store on Wellwood Ave and move to the old movie theater site..They state that the current store is too small--the rent is exorbitant and the parking lot is too small. They further state that if they cannot move to the old theater site, they may move out of Lindenhurst Village all together. We can have our pick of where the vacant store will be .... unless a compromise is reached we may have two vacant sites. No one can make them stay in the current location. Perhaps all the valid concerns of the residents (especially traffic) could be alleviated by compromise with them and allow us to keep CVS in the village. The median on Wellwood Ave.never should of had a break in it in the first place. As residents we all have our opinions as to what we would like there, but the reality is that there are only a few companies with the resources and inclination to fund building on that site. Would everyone like another 7-11 there? I think not. I am not for, or against, this current proposal--I am simply saying that in this economy, perhaps a compromise and revision would be the best for all of us. Perhaps the major issues could be mitigated thru changes in the plans and operating directive.
Robert Deacon June 08, 2012 at 01:11 AM
We need activity downtown and people drive that activity. It’s all about bringing people into our downtown environment. If we can bring in more business and keep the ones we have busy making money as well as offering services and shops that its residents want and need, you will have a village that thrives. If CVS moves to the end of Wellwood and Merrick Rd, it will be very important to replace that void with the right business that compliments our community. I know our village can attract the very best to come here to live and to work Robert Deacon www,vangocleaning.com
M. Perrotta June 08, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I hope everyone is aware there is a bank building going up accross from proposes CVS site,which will add to the traffic congestion. If there is no longer going to be a drive thru ,why can't they use some of the empty stores in the village I believe there are enough of them to make up the desired space CVS wants.
Patrick B September 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
CVS is doing millions of dollars business in its current location at 150 S. Wellwood Ave despite the fact that it is poorly run and very dreary inside. If CVS made a commitment to managing the store correctly in its current location then there is no reason to move. The Village will suffer with this move.
M. Perrotta September 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Do we know the results of this traffic study yet? This has been going on for what seems like forever ! Plain and simple truth is we do not need to make Wellwood an Montauk corner any busier,than it will be once that new bank finally gets built,with so many empty spaces in the village as it is,whhy cram everything into one intersection?


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