Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Another ADE Wal-Mart 'Poll'

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise is doing another of their infamous Wal-Mart web polls. Go to the ADE homepage here and scroll down to the lower right hand part of the page. Then vote your opinion.

Results of the poll can be seen here.

At 1:15 PM this afternoon:

38.4% were in favor of a Wal-Mart locating at the Lake Flower Ave. site
24.4% were in favor of a Wal-Mart locating between Depot St. and Broadway
10.5% were in favor of some other site
26.7% did not want a large retailer at all

Web Poll comments can be viewed here.

Only 38.4% in favor of Wal-Mart at Lake Flower site (although this could certainly change)

Wal-Mart would have few problems building in Saranac Lake if they would only consider the downtown area. Although, I suspect there are still problems with the size of the store Wal-Mart wants to build. Wal-Mart considers 121,000 sq ft one of their smaller sized stores.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The village board meeting last night gave us all a chance to get educated. The SEQR process is going to take some time. Anyone who thinks Wal-Mart is going to build anytime soon is in for a long wait. And it is my understanding that the village won't be able to access the "new" sand lot for about 2-3 years.
Through all this the pro Wal-Mart folks feel they are in the majority. But if that were so, and many in the village wanted the 121,000 square foot store, then why didn't the Republicans get elected? On the other hand, I don't believe the anti Wal-Mart folks are in the majority either.
Many want, and see the need for a department store here. I think many feel the size and location is not appropriate.
Frank Casier's commentary of April 10 was right on the money. We need this store downtown where the village can get ALL THE TAXES IT WILL GENERATE. Putting it in Essex county leaves us receiving only part of the taxes. The rest goes to Essex county. If we could only compromise we could see something downtown LONG BEFORE anything happend on Lake Flower. A two story building could be put up with plenty of parking. Everybody benefits with this solution, and the downtown is strengthened as well.