Spending your life is an interesting term. I’ve spent the last 25 years of mine in a neighborhood where people have been spending lives for 150 years and more.
Economic downturns and upswings come and go but local homes and the nature of slow, long term investment in families and peace and quiet have allowed Wheeler, Elm, Orchard, Welling, Hamilton, West St., Van Buren, Howe, John, and Factory to literally be at the heart of the Village of Warwick. Slow growth and constant homeowner effort have been the reason this neighborhood has sustained itself. We spend our lives quietly improving our surroundings.
The Village of Warwick is an Orange County and NY State success story. In the last 25 years it has bloomed because of efforts and participation by the whole community but this phenomenon is unsustainable. Booms always bust and when they do, there is wreckage and second guessing. People look around they ask, how did we forgot history and resiliency? How did we neglect those obvious glaring errors and eyesores? How did Houston flood? How is it that we ruined that long term home and family based heart of the community neighborhood?
Inappropriate development of a 5,600 square foot bar in any neighborhood is wrong for the entire Village. It’s beyond foolish. We have more than enough bars.
This approval process is not over by a long shot. If you are told otherwise you are being misdirected. The property has not changed hands. Environmental and code issues are unresolved. The Village Board and Planning Board CAN affect the outcome. They CAN wake up and get in line with and serve the broader community. Our community stands against short term, short sighted gains at the expense of a very large segment of the voting residential population.
Get the whole story. Show the bar the door.