Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Aug 29

To Move or not to Move - We DON'T Ask that Question

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM by PattiAnn Schultz

A lot of conversation is circulating in the community about McDonalds moving from the Village of Webster to a location on Ridge Road and Jackson Road. The question I am being asked is, “Why would they move?” To be honest with you I do not know why they would move because that is a McDonald’s corporation decision and they do not have to tell the Town Board or the Planning Board their reasoning when making such a move. What matters to the town is whether or not the new building meets the town’s zoning and planning laws.

It is a notion by many in town that the Town Board can dictate what commercial stores or industrial business can go where in the Town of Webster. This is simply not true. When an owner of a piece of property or an owner of a vacant building wants to lease or sell a certain piece of property to a retailer or buyer in town it is required that it meets all of the town zoning and building requirements.

The town does not have a say over what kind of business can move into any vacant building or vacant piece of land. Take for example the new Savers store in Webster Plaza. That portion of the plaza that is about 35,000 square feet has been empty for a number of years. The plaza owner has tried to rent the entire square footage but has not been able under the present economic conditions. He presently was able to rent the square footage to Savers which resulted in 40 new full-time jobs with benefits and some part-time jobs here in Webster.

While some have said Saver’s does not mirror the upscale image of other stores in the plaza, the town does not have the luxury to pick and choose what stores rent other owner’s property. When government dictates what stores can go here and there to meet someone’s community standards that certainly will be a sad day in America.

Webster has, and will continue to be, a mix of small business and large industrial business in the Town and Village. I have repeatedly stated that a strong Village and Town working in harmony will continue to be the corner stone of our future. Add to that the formation of the Webster Community Coalition for Economic Development (WCCED) to continue to add to the growth of business in our Town and Village and Webster is well suited to take on the rest of the decade.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068 or email me at supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us.

Ronald W. Nesbitt
Webster Town Supervisor