ARMONK, N.Y. – The North Castle Planning Board poked holes in the site plan for a proposed grocery pickup station to be placed in the North White Plains Stop & Shop parking lot. Particularly, the circulation flow of the parking lot after building the station was an issue for Director of Planning Adam Kaufman.
“It’s a very awkward movement,” Kaufman said at Monday’s board meeting. “There's a potential for conflict with people using the nearby parking spaces and people using the drive aisle.”
The proposed station is a four-car canopy for Stop & Shop which would be operated for the online grocery service Peapod. The canopy would feature four parking spaces, which would be located adjacent to the Stop & Shop, where resident could park to pick up groceries that they previously ordered online. Kaufman said one solution would be to eliminate the nearby parking spaces altogether, but that would likely cause an issue with a nearby dry-cleaning business in the shopping center.
Representatives of the Stop & Shop said they already plan to eliminate two nearby parking spaces for the disabled to allow a section of the store for workers to deliver the groceries to cars parked in the canopy. The number of spaces for the disabled in the lot still would comply with town code, and Stop & Shop said it anticipates many disabled people using the car-delivery service, as it does not require them to leave their cars.
Planning Board Chairman Robert Greene said he was confident any traffic circulation issues in the parking lot would be resolved.
“I think it’s a good idea,” Greene said. “There won’t be an issue of long lines waiting in the parking lot to pick up their groceries, because this is a service where you schedule a specific pickup time.”
The Planning Board delayed voting on the site plan until the traffic circulation issue is resolved by Stop & Shop. No date was set for the next hearing.