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."