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Goodwill Store Next to TD Bank - Route 112 Medford

How will a Goodwill store help revitalize Route 112?

I would like to express my outrage at the new Goodwill store being opened on Route 112.

In the Patchogue-Medford area we have , , and already.

This will be the fourth thrift store in a small radius. Would this have been allowed to be opened on Main Street in Sayville? How will this help revitalize 112 and why wasn’t it brought to the community prior to renovation?

Not only that, but there is a vacant house for the last 11 years diagonally across from Hess and a vacant store front in front of Tremont Elementary school for two years.

I am extremely disappointed in the attention given to Route 112 Medford. I bought a home here three years ago based on the Patchogue revitalization, but Medford apparently is not a part of the revitalization whatsoever. Route 112 is very much blighted.

Other communities like Sayville or Stony Brook don’t let their communities fall into distress like this.

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sally south August 22, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Is this thrift store in Medford or Patchogue? If in Medford , why are you expecting Patchogue to revitalize that area?
Patchogue August 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM
I have two small children in the school district here and the community in which they live in is of the utmost importance to me. I spend a lot of time writing to our elected officials about these matters, but mostly go unanswered expect for Jack Eddington’s Chief of Staff Rob Calarco. I saw the Chamber held the concert in the park series this year, so I appreciate your efforts. I find it incredible that you think a Goodwill store on Route 112, which is basically Medford’s Main Street, is good for the community. Nobody wants to see blight, but a Goodwill store will, in no way shape or form, revitalize 112. Desirable retailers do not want to establish a business next to a Goodwill. These are the facts. If this project was brought to the community, it never would have been approved, which is why is wasn’t. Medford will never be a desirable community with this type of development. I respectfully disagree with this project and this project moves Medford in the wrong direction. Truthfully, if this is the type of development Medford is proposing as good for the community, I may be living in the wrong community. Thank you for responding to my concerns, but I cannot express how upset I am about this. I bought my home here believing Medford was on an uptick, but after this, I am having my doubts.
Patchogue August 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM
We are very happy to see a building come out of blight. In our opinion, the fact that Goodwill is moving into an empty store is a positive for the revitalization of Medford. After the tragic events of the Haven Drug Massacre, to have a business want to open within eyeshot of that pharmacy is a positive. We as business owners were concerned that some would move away or close down. This will help our community even more by creating jobs and more importantly bringing revenue into our town and community. We understand your concern and we listen to all concerns about our town. I know that you feel that this was not the best business to move into Medford. The Medford Chamber of Commerce hope to assist with a revitalization project. I think we have tried to revitalize Medford with our Summer Concert series we held this year (our last show is tonight) and hopefully we can bring more events to help bring our community together. I have said time and time again that I want Medford to be more than just a pass way between Patchogue and Port Jefferson. I believe we are moving in that direction. Michael Gorton, Jr. President Medford Chamber of Commerce
Scott B. September 06, 2011 at 09:32 PM
I cant believe they took down the glass enclosed showroom!!! I have pics going back to the 50's with that showroom in place. Not to mention, it would have made a great showroom for their products.
Patchogue September 07, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Terrible. I shop at Goodwill and the Salvation Army. This will not help Medford.
Patchogue September 07, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Ryan: I appreciate your respond, but respectfully disagree with the Department, the Planning Board, the Civic, and the Town. This never would have happened in an upscale area. This will make Medford less desirable. You obviously have no concern for the residents who live here. Based on the fact that the Department, the Planning Board and the Town can't even clean up the weeds on the sidewalk on 112 from the LIE to Woodside Ave., leave a building vacant for 11 years diagonal to Hess on 112 and leave a building vacant and blighted in front of Tremont Elementary School for years just reinforces the Town's poor planning, poor decisions and neglect of the Medford Hamlet.Putting Goodwill in that location is another dump on Medford. Pornography stores have patrons as well, but I don’t want them in my neighborhood. I shop at Goodwill and Salvation Army, so don’t take my position out of context. The store in question is a revitalization of an abandoned car dealership, a badly deteriorating structure in a sea of cracked asphalt. The application was for a Change of Use. The Planning Board signed off on both the change of use and the architecturals. Supervisor's Office One Independence Hill Farmingville, NY 11738 631-451-9100
ryan September 11, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Craig I understand your take on a Goodwill donation center coming to Medford. When I heard what was being built there I was utterly disappointed. Let's be honest when you hear Goodwill or Salvation army they're usually in real low socioeconomic communities, I believe that medford is not one of those communities. I live close to the building and was surprised that construction was being done without a town hearing. No signage or anything still to this day. The building looks like it's getting a complete overhaul which is good considering how ugly that corner looked. If you google "Goodwill Store" and browse by using images you'll see that goodwill is trying to change there image. Some of there newer stores have a nice contemporary design and look. With that being said I'm still not sold on the idea in anyway. 112 could use some newer tenants other than car dealerships and 99 cent stores. I'm curious to know how many medford residents would appose this taking place?
Vicks Brown January 01, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Medford is a blue collar, midle class area. These shops serve a purpose. You want gorgeous, move to the "Gold Coast" on the North Shore. You, claim to shop at thrift shops, s in other words your attitude is "not in my backyard"?

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