Cortlandt Supervisor: Super Walmart Not Happening

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Owners of the Cortlandt Town Center on Route 6, also known as East Main Street in Cortlandt, bought a 36-acre piece of property that had been proposed as the site of a controversial new Walmart.
Owners of the Cortlandt Town Center on Route 6, also known as East Main Street in Cortlandt, bought a 36-acre piece of property that had been proposed as the site of a controversial new Walmart. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

CORTLANDT, N.Y. - The owners of the Cortlandt Town Center closed Monday on the purchase of a 36-acre lot across from the shopping center.

The purchase of the property by Acadia Realty from Westrock Development essentially puts an end to proposals by Westrock to put a 22-acre Walmart Super Center on the property.

"I'm very excited because I could not vote to re-zone that property for a Super Walmart," said Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi. "Wal-Mart, for now, as far as I know, is going to stay where they are," she said.

Calls to Acadia Realty were not immediately returned. New retail proposals will go through the planning process with the town.

Currently, about nine acres of the lot are zoned for commercial development, allowing for up to 95,000 square feet of retail space fronting Route 6, Puglisi said. The rest of the property is zoned residential. The total square footage of retail space is approximately the same size as the Kohl's department store, also on Route 6 in Cortlandt.

The proposal for a 22-acre Super Walmart would have required re-zoning approval from the Cortlandt Town Board. The proposal would have increased the square footage of Walmart from its current location in the Cortlandt Town Center of 130,000 square feet to 170,000 square feet across the street.

The proposal was controversial among many residents because the store would have been 24 hours, near an elementary school, and some said would bring increased traffic into the area.

"I’m going to make many suggestions," said Puglisi, about possible retail space across from the shopping center. "We need another restaurant in the area," she said, "maybe a men's and women's clothing store."

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Way to go !!! Walmart just wants to put more people out of business so they can rule the world. THANK YOU

Acadia Realty, the new owners, don't do strip malls. They develop excellent shopping venues with good tenants that the residents of the Town of Cortlandt will appreciate after the property has been developed. You are correct sayitsnotso that Cortlandt Town Center pays a tremendous amount of the Town taxes and keeps the residents share lower than other towns. I don't think the average resident realizes that having all of these businesses in the area helps us out with our own tax payments and keeps them lower.

Ms. Puglisi,

Would you be interested in taking over supervisor duties for Michael Grace in Yorktown? He is beholden only to big developers and cares not for the citizens of Yorktown nor its environment. You seem to be more in touch with the people.

This is great news. I am thrilled that the decision was based on common sense not dollars and cents. I would love to see a Trader Joe's (or healthier alternatives) rather then another chain restaurant.

This sounds all lovely but just what everyone thinks is going in there. Trader Joes the A&P can hardly make it, and a fancy food store is going to instead? There had been approval of a strip mall. Walmart bashing is easy, but they do pay lots of taxes. Seems the town has it in for Home Depot, and Walmart which if either or both were to leave the taxes we all pay would go up. I am sure Bloomingdales is now salivating to take the space.

Thank you Linda Puglisi for your leadership. This project would have posed a negative impact on sustaining our town for future generations, environmentally, socially and economically.