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Poll: How Will Council Vote on Mall at Oyster Bay?

Plans remain stalled. What do you think will happen?

The potential Mall at Oyster Bay project remains at a standstill as mall builders look for a new anchor store.

In March, Bill Taubman of Taubman Centers, Inc., the company trying to build the mall, asked the Long Island Regional Planning Council not to vote on whether or not the mall was "regionally significant," according to Newsday. Taubman received word that Nieman Marcus, one of the featured anchor stores in the proposed mall, had decided to instead build a store at the soon expanding Roosevelt Field Mall, said the report.

Until Taubman finds a replacement store, said the report, the issue will continue to be tabled at upcoming meetings. However, certain council members found it unprofessional that Taubman had waited until the March meeting to inform them that he needed the issue tabled.

Put yourself in the council's shoes.

When a new anchor store is found, what do you think the Long Island Regional Planning Council will do? Do you think they will be supportive once a new anchor store is secured?

Vote in the poll below and give us your thoughts in the comments!

Grifhunter May 09, 2012 at 06:53 PM
First, if the mall is such a good idea why do you need an anchor store? What happens later on after its built and the anchor store fails? Does the whole mall become a mass of vacancies? And then they fill it with dollars stores and tanning salons? Look at the strips on Glen Cove road.
K DeMeo May 09, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Like everyone is syosset, jericho and woodbury aren't going to shop there. Come on. How about bringing construcion jobs,sales jobs to the community?.
K DeMeo May 09, 2012 at 08:19 PM
here's what I don't get. Have you seen what the land looks like? It looks like an industrial park. Towers, town trucks, debris, junk yard. Even Robins Lane is all worn down. All the store fronts are terrible and look horrible. Wouldn't the residents there like it all cleaned up and nice? Ok, so more traffic.. there is traffic anyway.. go down Jericho Turnpike at 8:15 in the morning.. traffic excuse is BS. Most people in the surrounding towns will shop there, despite the protest of building it..
sensible one May 09, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Developing the site is something the surrounding community wholeheartedly supports. That's why they've been calling for alternate development for years and have plans that would create more jobs and be a better economic contributor than the mall ever would. Taubman seems to be the only one that's not listening.
Seemore May 10, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Many Jericho / Syosset folks just don't get it. The mall would add tax revenue and spruce up a depressed section. Don't let the NIMBY's out vote and vote out common sense! Lifetime gym is a perfect example, $1,000,000 tax revenue and a nice place to go. The area is a wasteland now. Birchwood Civic Association offers no realistic alternative land use proposal.
Stephen Sariego May 10, 2012 at 03:21 AM
No mall here! We don't need another and don't want another. Property values will go down once the traffic begins. And the traffic will be vicious. Especially during the holidays. Just look at the line up off cars making the left turn into Lifetime fitness right now.
Panzerguy May 10, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Are we "short" on Malls? 10 minutes drive east or west of Syosset are two mega malls. Not enough of them??? What about all these vacant commercial spaces on Jericho Turnpike and near the LIRR? Vacant for years!!! Construction jobs - yes. Malls - no. Build housing, meet a "real demand." Taubmann only cares about the short term bottom line.
Long Islander May 10, 2012 at 05:51 AM
To Seemore: Do you really think the mall would add tax revenue? Are Long Islanders spending less right now because they can't find a mall to go to? Yes, construction of any type would provide some temporary construction jobs. It doesn't need to be a mall. If there was need for another mall in the area, someone would have fixed up the Broadway Mall, 5 minutes from the Cerro site. Would a mall provide jobs? Yes, in retail. Is that what we need to keep our kids from moving away from Long Island? Absolutely not. There are so many better ideas that would be good for Long Island as a whole, without creating the traffic mess of a mall.
Carol Knecht May 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Since the completion of Lifetime Athletics, traffic on Birchwood Park Drive has increased. A mall will bring more cars in the area and many vehicles will use Birchwood Park Drive as a short-cut. How will this situation be addressed?
sensible one May 10, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Have you seen the BCA's plan or are you just pontificating? The reason Lifetime is there is because the community fully supported the project after working closely with the developer. Taubman has never listened to the community and is further away now from ever building its mall 17 years later.
Long Islander May 10, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Since the mall proponents all insist that everyone going to the mall will take the westbound LIE to the Robbins Lane exit, they deny that there will be any additional traffic in the surrounding community. Birchwood Park Drive will be the most direct route for eastbound LIE traffic according to the maps - a disaster for the community. Those who think the mall will oly have one entrance (on the LIE service road) are sadly deluded. Have you ever seen a mall with just one entrance?
john May 10, 2012 at 03:19 PM
not clear what you are trying to say
Seemore May 12, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Yes there is more traffic, but no, it is not NYC or Broadway or even (don't say it out loud) the LIE service road. The real issue is whether to permit business in our area. If businesses are willing to take risks and invest here and are environmentally friendly I think it is decomratic to allow them to try and fail. It is an abuse of civil authority to impede business as has been done. We don't need new schools or parks. We have an over abundance of vacant office space. Our children are among the safest in the world. So, let's leave the land vacant and pay more taxes, ok? And while we're at it, why don't we close down some businesses that create traffic like the supermarkets, libraries and Starbucks. C'mon people. Get a life!
sensible one May 14, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Seemore...we don't need any more malls either! Let's buiold something the area really needs like senior and next generation housing. What a novel idea that would be!

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