YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Cars have crashed into the CVS in the Triangle Shopping Center with such frequency in recent years that safety measures are now being taken to prevent it from happening again.
The property’s owner, Verum Management, was approved by the town’s Planning Board on Monday, Sept. 14, to install curbs and bollards in the front of the building.
“There have been vehicles that have come down the aisle and actually driven into the building,” said Dawn McKenzie, of Insite Engineering. “Inside the building, the CVS staff, their cash registers…they’re actually standing with their backs to this wall.”
Right now, the paved parking lot blends into the sidewalk, meaning there are no curbs, which could slow down a vehicle. Bollards (sturdy, short, vertical posts) would also be included with some plantings to make it aesthetically pleasing.
“It provides plantings where there are none now,” McKenzie said. “And it provides curb islands with decorative bollards in it, which will provide a much-needed safety improvement along the front of the building.”
The property owner also wants to repave the parking lot this fall. Initially, the applicant said they would keep the same amount of parking spaces but at a smaller width. Some board members said they would like to see the opposite (fewer spaces, but wider). Board members also requested more bollards in front of the building, to prevent cars from slipping through them and hitting the building. Not wanting to delay the project until next spring, the applicant was amenable to the board’s suggestions and the plan was conditionally approved.
Another Taco Bell is being proposed for Yorktown.
One already exists in the Yorktown Green Shopping Center and a second was approved last month for Route 202 (in the former Snap Fitness site). This third one, if approved, would be in Mohegan Lake on the corner of East Main Street (Route 6) and Mohegan Avenue.
The site was designed for a bank tenant, but that never came to fruition. As a result, the property's owner, Celestial Capital, applied for and was granted a rezone in January 2019, allowing more uses on the site, said Robyn Steinberg, the town planner.
The Planning Board is currently reviewing the amended site plan, which includes a 2,086-square-foot building, a drive-thru, and an outdoor dining area.