YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Construction on a new commercial development featuring a Lowe’s, two restaurants and a bank will begin next week.
The groundbreaking is more than seven years in the making for Breslin Realty. In 2010, the Garden City-based company submitted an application to build a 151,000 square-foot Costco Wholesale Club on commercially zoned parcels at 3220 Crompond Road.
Battling intense opposition from residents and gas station owners, Breslin ultimately received planning board approval in November 2015. However, the project was derailed in part because of the extensive (and expensive) approval process. The project was also delayed because of a lawsuit filed by a group of Route 202/Crompond Road gas station owners, who claimed that Costco's larger, less expensive fueling station posed a threat to their businesses.
Nick Panyotou, the project’s engineer, said the lengthy review process “put such a strain on the agreement that the agreement didn’t work out.”
“The time that it took for Costco to get approved caused issues with the agreement,” Panyotou said at last year's public hearing for Lowe's.
Unlike Costco, there was no public opposition to the Lowe's project, which was approved by the planning board in December 2016.
While many have publicly praised what Lowe’s will bring to town, it’s what the project doesn’t have that ultimately made it more desirable than Costco. No filling station component is included in the new proposal and, last year, all involved parties agreed to dismiss the lawsuit.
Lowe’s, with a 120,663 square-foot store and a 25,448-square-foot garden center, is smaller than the proposed 151,000 square-foot Costco. There are also three outbuildings—a 7,600 square-foot restaurant, a 4,500 square-foot restaurant and a 4,000 square-foot bank. Tenants for those buildings have not been announced. The project will also have about 100 fewer parking spaces than were proposed for Costco.
The groundbreaking for Lowe's will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Breslin Realty predicts construction will be completed by November 2018.
“It’s required a lot of patience, as do all my projects, but it’s been worth the wait for the residents of the region to have a great home improvement store on the property that has become an eye sore for many years,” said Wilbur Breslin, CEO of Breslin Realty, in a press release.
State, town and county officials will participate in the groundbreaking event. The public is also invited to attend.
Founded in 1946 in North Wilkesboro, N.C., Lowes Companies, Inc. operates a chain of 1,840 retail home improvement and appliance stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico.