On June 22, 2017 I sent the following message to John Christison and Yesterdays via their respective Facebook pages…
“Mr. Christison, I am concerned about your plans to build a new bar/restaurant at 16 Elm St. Can you please tell me how this establishment will benefit the surrounding neighborhood and its residents?”
I received no reply.
As a homeowner with a family, there are numerous reasons I oppose Yesterdays building at 16 Elm St. and was curious as to why he was so willing to overlook the negative effect it will have on this neighborhood.
Wouldn’t supporters still frequent Yesterdays if it was built elsewhere in Warwick?
I respect the loyalty people have shown John and his establishment, but as we have pointed out several times, the popularity of Yesterdays is not the issue.
This is about a building location that is much too close to surrounding houses; pushed up as far as possible into the corner of a three acre lot. It is about a 3600 sq. ft., three story building that is much larger in relation to surrounding houses and as little as 40 ft. from the nearest neighbor’s property.
Although, there has been an open invitation for anyone to take a look at the exact footprint of the proposed building, little have taken up this offer.
I have read over and over again the admonishing response that we should have known better when we bought our houses that something would eventually be built in that lot.
Believe me, I do understand the fact that something could possibly be built there.
At a recent Village Board meeting, surprisingly, a shoe repair business was given as a hypothetical example of such a thing. Certainly, a cobbler wouldn’t need a building of that proportion, wouldn’t break the Village sound code, wouldn’t be open to 2 a.m. all year long and wouldn’t have food and grease odors emitted from said establishment.
There are an enormous amount of other businesses that would be suitable at 16 Elm St. without these negatives.
I’ll continue to fight for my neighborhood: approved is not built. My neighbors and I are trying to protect the biggest investments we have – our homes and families.
And these things are far more important than a bar/restaurant that can build elsewhere.