Dobbs Ferry Walgreens Building Frame In Place

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The new Walgreens building on Ashford Avenue in Dobbs Ferry. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett's 2012 year end update included a construction update on the new Walgreens building on the corner of Ashford Avenue and North Broadway.

Situated just north and diagonally to Sacred Heart Church, the steel frame structure of the Walgreens is imposing compared to the previous one-story building that housed restaurants and grocery stores.

"It is certainly obvious for those that travel the gateway this project is moving ahead," Connett wrote in his monthly Mayor's Newsletter. "The columns and beams forming the inner structure are getting into place."

Arthur Moreno, who lives in nearby Ardsley, said he thought the building looked a little out of place, but hoped the new business would bring jobs.

"There will be jobs for young people and part-timers," Moreno said. "I usually go to the CVS in Ardsley, but Walgreens stays open later."

Connett addressed recent questions by residents regarding the height of the building.

"The developer initially proposed a one-story structure. owever, that design did not conform to the village’s Vision Plan, the new zoning code, or the Downtown Business Design Guidelines," Connett said. "These rules and guidelines call for a 'streetscape' design for the gateway business district, encouraging multi-story building design at proximity to the street (and discouraging strip mall look)."

Connett's remarks went on to explain that the Planning and Architectural Boards worked hard with the applicant to assure that the design rules and guidelines were adhered to.

"Change is not always easy for many of us, and new structures can sometimes look daunting when the initial support beams are going up," Connett said. "As the external portion begins to come to life, this new conforming building will greatly enhance the look of the gateway business district, improving prospects for all the downtown merchants, and bringing a new business that will make a positive financial contribution to the village's long-term tax base."

Carol Tisi Savino posted her comment along with several other on the Rivertowns-Dobbs Ferry Daily Voice Facebook page.

"It is too large and is not in keeping with the villages small town feel," Savino said.

"It's not what you want to see at the gateway of a quaint little village," Rita Kennedy said.

"No absolutely not. Why three stories?" Denise Failla-Cappelli said.

The closest Walgreens to the Dobbs Ferry location is  in North Yonkers (approximately four miles) at Nepperhan and Odell avenues and is open 24 hours, seven days a week. The Ardsley CVS opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. seven days a week.

"The new Walgreens should relieve some pressure on the Odell Avenue store," Yonkers resident Lionel Nanton said,

The developer has advised the village that the new Walgreens is planning a spring 2013 opening.

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westchestergal:

I love people that post comments like this and then you will see them shopping in the store. Yes because it’s better to have the tax revenues go to surrounding communities that don’t oppose such businesses. Make the traffic and lines in surrounding communities store’s longer and inconvenient for the people that live there because the residents of the villages have to travel to them for their needs. I’m not in favor of having franchise businesses on every corner but comparing businesses that are used by many as "prostitutes" and "hookers" is a little over the top. I certainly support small mom & pop type, unique and original businesses but a carefully planned limited mixed of both is a benefit to any community.

JaredP.:

A Walgreen's does not make or enhance our village. Driving through any gateway, of any village, seeing a Walgreen's is like seeing a hooker on 42nd street. It means compromise, it wreaks of bad choices, and it wreaks of weakness on the Trustees part. Villages like ours that cave to corporate pressure, and are lured into thinking it will create jobs have to think about the jobs that will be lost when that business starts to take away business from the other local delis and shops that sell magazines, cigarettes, and stationary items. Competition does not mean pitting a heavy weight wrestler against a light weight wrestler.

Our trustees need to stretch outside their comfort zones and take road trip to other villages, maybe try upper Westchester or Connecticut, and observe those who get it right. You're comparing yourselves to the acceptable lower Westchester mentality of making every town look like the next.

It's Walgreens, people. Learn to get excited about things that really matter. It's going to look like a Walgreen's when they wrap some of those crappy materials around that frame. It won't pleasantly surprise anyone. And change is great, when it's actually "cool" or "awesome" like "Farm-To-Table" and Pop-Up restaurant concepts, Privately owned cafe's and clothing shops
that support a new consciousness and reflect a changing or progressive shift in society.

Walgreens, CVS, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dunkin' Donuts, they are the prostitutes of food and commerce, and you just junked up our village once again.

Years ago there was this guy maybe from Hastings or here, who single-handedly stopped the massive proposal from Stop & Shop in its tracks. That guy had it 100% right. Apparently, he moved away, but he left our village with a respectable alternative to a monster store that the board and the current mayor actually supported. He left us with a sensible addition to our town, and now you guys are still making the same mistakes, over and over again. I'm not happy at all that Walgreen's is open later, that just means more people will be coming through the village at odd times. It will invite more trouble as well.

When you drive away new ideas and people who actually want to make real change, you're left with people who think "change" is a Walgreen's.
It's actually pathetic and laughable.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Oh well. Time to move.

sussexhall@gmail.com:

Fact check for you.. the board could not say no to Walgreens no matter how much they wanted to it was zoned for commercial use, that site used to be a supermarket. The ARB required that the building be 2 stories Walgreens only proposed a one story building. No 1 person stopped Stop &Shop it was compromise and if that did not work Stop & Shop threatened to abandoned the store and keep it empty. I love Dobbs and I will always be loyal to Eric at Carey's he will always get my business first but if he doesnt have it I will go to Walgreens and so will everyone else as they did when they protested Stew Leonards in 1997 and Ridge Hill today now you cant get into either, and yes Hastings , Dobbs and Ardsley protested both. Most people protesting these various developments live in Hunters run , Walden Woods or The Landing my point is I remember when we were protesting those developments and we didnt want them built but if the board listened to us then you wouldnt have a home so protesting progress is nothing new but sometimes the unpopular decision must be made.

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