In a written letter the Islip Town Planning Department has notified the applicant that the Planning Department does not support the application for construction of a Walgreen Pharmacy on the La Grange Inn site in West Islip.
The Planning Department indicated a number of concerns. The proposal is not in keeping with the recommendations of the West Islip Hamlet Study. This property is well outside West Islip’s hamlet center on Higbie Lane and Union Boulevard. It would allow new commercial development outside the existing hamlet center on land that could not be developed commercially otherwise, which contradicts the stated goals of the West Islip Hamlet Study.
In addition to the fundamental issues of compatibility with the Comprehensive Plan and the existing zoning, there are a number of site design issues as well. The plan as currently proposed does not meet the minimum parking requirements or queuing requirements for the drive through, indicating that even if the property had the correct zoning for the uses requested, the proposed development is too intense for the site.
Legislator Barraga applauded the Islip Planning Department decision. “ It is my hope that the owners of the La Grange Inn site will join the La Grange Inn Task Force and help develop an alternative for the development of the site that will be in the best interest of the residents of West Islip and the current owner ”- said Barraga.