| Shopping Center proposal
for perfect location, Rt. 6
March 3, 2006
SOUTHEAST - Putnam developer Paul Camarda hopes to
reverse the Putnam paradox.
In announcing plans for the 183,000 square-foot. Stateline
Retail Centre Monday, Camarda told members of the Southeast
Planning Board the 45 acre parcel off Route 6 about
one mile from the New York-Connecticut border was the
"perfect location. The four mile stretch of state
highway from Route 684 to the Danbury border is the
most overbuilt road found anywhere in Putnam County.
The road is 46 feet wide- wider than Route 84. It carries
only 7,000 vehicles a day, as compared to Route 22 -
a highway only 24 -feet wide that carries in excess
of 25,000 vehicles a day.
Camarda told the board that he had done his smart growth
homework. The idea of smart growth is to develop where
existing infrastructure is found. The location of Stateline
Retail Centre will also reverse the Putnam paradox since
the plaza will give residents of Westchester and Connecticut
their first opportunity to easily shop in Putnam where
for many years, Putnam residents have been shopping
in Westchester or Connecticut. The center will result
in an economic boon for Putnam County with very limited
impact since on the four mile stretch of road there
are only about a half dozen single family homes."
Camarda called the location of the proposed plaza "the
right place. Stateline Retail Centre will be a great
The shopping center will include one major anchor retailer
plus several smaller chain stores. Camarda. described
his plan as a "medium-sized center. It is about
half the size of the Brewster Highlands located off
Route 312 and I-84."
Camarda promised that the new site would consist of
proper architectural treatment on both front elevations
as well as rear viewing. "The proposal encroaches
no wetlands, no wet land buffers and doesn't require
any zoning variances. It meets the existing zoning criteria
for Southeast," he told the planners.
Camarda predicted the center would generate millions
of dollars Of sales tax revenue each year for county
coffers as well as substantial school tax revenues for
the Brewster School District.
Camarda said the construction of the center would result
in some 350 construction jobs as well as dozens of permanent
full time and part time positions.
The board will now initiate a scoping session and begin
the environmental review process.