In response to letters to the editor concerning the Yesterdays application to move to Elm St.: We’ve listened to your weak complaints. We’ve listened to your absurd ideas. We’ve allowed you your time to come up with ANY legitimate reason why a reputable business wouldn’t be allowed to move to an available commercially-zoned lot.
Enough is enough! You should really be ashamed of yourselves. This is not the way the world works – unfortunately it has been for too long – but luckily people have fought back and demanded a return to a time where people are held accountable for their actions. When I place myself in your shoes, I’d shrug my shoulders and say, “Oh well. We had a great run there,” realizing that luck only lasts for so long.
You knowingly bought a home next to a large, vacant industrial-zoned lot. Luckily for you, no factory was ever built! Luckily for you, you were able to afford and enjoy decades of privacy, peace and quiet that wasn’t necessarily yours. Luckily for you, your kids got to play in that lot and your friends got to use it for parking.
The rest of us are sorry that all of this is coming to an end for your neighborhood. Now it’s time to understand the good fortunes you had and stand up like real people and deal with losing your Village privacy barrier instead of crying, “Not in MY backyard!” You are selfish. This is life. This is the real world. This is the United States. There are rules. There are laws.
A person who is following these rules wants to buy a piece of land to move his business; a business that has stood out positively in our community for many reasons. The land has been available for years. The land is zoned for this use. I applaud his patience during your enormous waste of everyone’s time and money. When did we start allowing neighborhoods to decide whether or not a business can legally buy land, and dictate what business it can become? For all you know, this business may not even work at this location and then maybe something more pleasing to YOUR standards may move in!
Your complaints of odor, light and sound pollution are bogus. I live in the Village. I can smell burgers from my house and hear the music from the Village Green. The Village of Warwick is a wonderful place to live. Everyone wants to more here BECAUSE our community is so exciting and we have an amazing downtown filled with things to do and places to go and eat. Would you rather have a bunch of vacant storefronts like many of our neighboring towns? Your property value will continue to rise because of these reasons. It’s time for you to end this front-page nonsense and take down your silly signs.