Reader Feedback: Opinions on Proposed E. Patchogue Walmart

Patch readers have been chiming in all weekend on Facebook and on Patch about the proposed big box, what are your thoughts?

Patch readers have been talking about the East Patchogue Walmart on the Patchogue Patch Facebook and in the Comments sections of op-eds  and  the project.

A  about the proposed 98,000 sq. ft store that could be located on Hospital Road is taking place Monday at the Brookhaven Town Planning Board meeting at 4 p.m. in Brookhaven Town Hall (1 Independence Hill, Farmingville).

Here are several comments left by readers regarding the store, feel free to add your own in the Comments below this:

In response to an opposing the store:

Barry Burrell We need it. It will make a ton of jobs.

Lori Gordon Fitzgerald No Walmart in East Patchogue. That is the worst possible location. It is way too congested over there now. That would destroy our neighborhood. There are many other locations to put it. Just not there. The traffic would be Horrendous. NO WALMART ON HOSPITAL ROAD!!!!!!!!!!!

Kerrie Stuart McKenna Totally agree Lori. Say no to Walmart!! for so many reasons but mainly that location would be a total nightmare. I don't know how it is even being considered to be built there. Between the Hospital, that traffic ridden bridge on Hospital Road and being in a residential area it would be awful.

Lori Gordon Fitzgerald Thanks Kerrie. The Bellport Outlet is abandoned. That would be an ideal location, right off of Sunrise, nothing else around. I don't understand why they would even consider it there either. There must be something going on that we're not aware of and we'll suffer from it.

Ronald P. Matonti Walmart should be allowed only if they agree to pay full time living wages to all their employees and provide them with free comprehensive helathcare!

In response to an supporting the store:

Maureen Molloy I love Walmart! Bring it on!

Scott Stratton Bring it but build it somewhere where it's open and easy access like the old movie complex on long island expressway service road.

Andrew K. Setzer I agree...build it ASAP.

John DeMarle Many area residents desperately need the cost savings and jobs this store will bring to our community. It can't come soon enough!

Fred Densing Near the Hospital is not the right location. It will hamper arriving ambulances going to the hospital. I agree the old Brookhaven Multiplex site is better suited for a Walmart.

Lauren Napoli No! No! No! Big chain stores like Walmart are TERRIBLE for our local economy. For every 100 dollars spent at stores like these, only 13 bucks make it back into local economy. Shopping locally at mom and pop shops is the best way to support our local economy, which is what we truly need! Let's start a co-op instead!!

Opinions sent into Patch via email at michael@patch.com:

Meltasi: Walmart belongs in the Bellport Outlets Plaza not in a residential area. If people are so interested in having a big box store NEAR them they should move next to one so they can enjoy the constant noise, air, and traffic pollution that comes with your "discount package" of conveinience. I would really like to know whose palms are getting well greased either financially or politically to approve this degridation. 

kevin ryan January 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
seeing as how all zoning permits were awarded when the town was being run by a republican cabal, we should know where the money, excuse me, political donations, were spread. It is the height of insanity to place this monstrosity at this location. But Profit before people! When will the town board and the politicians realize that they are there to serve the people, not corporations, regardless of Citizens United and Mitt Romney?
Fred Stewart January 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM
true dat
Jo January 11, 2012 at 03:27 AM
This parcel is not zoned correctly this is the HUGE problem and which is why Walmart is NOT built already. They need a variance for parking which grossly manipulates or towns zoning. As for the Walmart supporters on Monday night, they were promised a night out and got a roast beef sandwich, blue bag, poster and to sit at a town hall meeting for hours. Sad that they treat their supporters like circus animals. As far as the trade union workers they are not from the area and could care less about the impact of this project they just want to work. They would be just as happy building a mall, bank or vacant building! Once again we were graced with Ms. Harris a pro Walmart speaker who will be unable to just "walk across the Hospital Rd Bridge" as she stated in her public comment. As if she were listening to the town expert just moments before she would have heard that proper traffic regs call for a 185 ft turning lane and Walmart can only get a max of 175 ft and would have to remove the sidewalk on the bridge to do that! Maybe Walmart will bus Ms Harris in to the store. lol !!!!!! THIS IS INSANE WITH VACANT BUILDINGS AVAILABLE WHY TRY TO BUILD THIS ON HOSPITAL RD! OUR PLANNING BOARD NEEDS TO WAKE UP AND STOP ALLOWING $$$$ TO MANIPULATE OUR ZONING & TRAFFIC LAWS.
Jo January 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
BTW GET A LAWN SIGN OR WINDOW SIGN "NO WALMART" just email epwalmartfree@aol.com
Ronald P. Matonti January 12, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I have the perfect solution for Walmart which will send them running - ok their presence only if they promise in writing to hire all full time workers at living wages $12 an hour and above and with full comprehensive healthcare for all paid for entirely by Walmart. And they must allow unions to solicit their employees That will most assuredly keep them out of our neighborhood and every other place that uses this tactic.
maureen obrien January 12, 2012 at 04:43 PM
The proposed area is already too congested . Use the old Bellport outlet grounds ...Plenty of parking space and a better location from points East besides there is a Target and Kmart selling similiar goods in Medford.
Ronald P. Matonti January 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Right on! Give it to them good!
CATHY January 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM
annette kattau February 03, 2012 at 11:19 PM
for every job they give they put out 5-6 more mom and pop jobs. Is that what you reallly want then go shop at the coram store. The Coram civic told us about all the business they put out the crime they brought to the area. You need to think about what you say. They have made in CHINA .


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