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Aug 28, 2012 3:12 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Developer Circulates Petition To Build Second Supermarket In Westhampton Beach

Aug 29, 2012 11:35 AM

Westhampton developer Andrew Mendelson is circulating a petition that calls on the Westhampton Beach Village Board to alter the village code so it would allow him to build a supermarket on land that he owns along the west side of Old Riverhead Road.

The change, which has been proposed by Mr. Mendelson at several board meetings, would allow him to construct a grocery store on two adjacent properties, zoned B-3 business and I-1 industrial, that he owns. Current zoning does not permit supermarkets.

“I hope to get the new administration here to move on my application to add the words ‘grocery store’ to the code,” said Mr. Mendelson, who took out an advertisement in this week’s newspaper announcing the petition. “I’m really just doing the petition so the board members in Westhampton understand that there is interest from the public out there on this issue.

“It’s very hard in Westhampton Beach Village, because nobody shows up to their board meetings, so the board is making decisions in a vacuum without the public input,” he continued.

Mr. Mendelson, who has been critical of the board for not scheduling a public hearing to discuss his proposal even though he has not filed an official application with the village, said he has collected 300 signatures since he first began circulating the petition three weeks ago. He said he plans to present the document to the Village Board at its next meeting on Thursday, September 6.

The Waldbaum’s on Sunset Avenue is the only supermarket in Westhampton Beach.

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We need the convenience of food shopping locally and not running to river head and being exposed to other like retailers that we might entertain in our own town. If its good for a developer to entertain it will be good for us to use. We as consumers will give them the lead to move forward . Don't stop progress .!!
By bimini bum (1), southampton on Jun 3, 13 6:32 PM