ARMONK, N.Y.- The North Castle town board initiated a Formula Store Planning and Zoning study on July, 27, which focuses on preserving Armonk’s small-town feel.
Andy Wainwright, who works in North White Plains but stops by in Armonk frequently for lunch, knows the importance of retaining the small-town feel by keeping out commercial entities that would make Armonk too city-like.
“It would be nice to keep it as it is; nice, quiet, quaint, and not develop it,” Wainwright said. “If I wanted to hangout in White Plains I’d be there for my lunch hour but I’m not, I’m here in Armonk and I like the quiet feeling of being in a small town that’s got personality, charm and a uniqueness about it.”
Greg Lane, who is a member of a group called Concerned Citizens of Armonk, was pleased to hear the Town Board has taken the time to begin a process in which it will reach out to its residents about the issue of maintaining a sense of charm in Armonk.
With CVS’s arrival just around the corner and Armonk Square’s potential future construction, a handful of residents came together to form the group Concerned Citizens of Armonk to keep ‘big business’ out.
“The conversation started with the idea of A&P leaving and CVS replacing it and Armonk Square coming into downtown,” Lane said. “In particular, the idea that some national chains might be coming to the downtown area also came up and the town, as far as the residents were concerned, didn’t want to change downtown.”
The Town Board originally initiated the idea in June when Supervisor Bill Weaver introduced the idea and, according to Lane, they agreed that they should put together a study and it wasn’t formalized until the last board meeting.
Concerned Citizens of Armonk is in favor of keeping a grocery store in town, it just doesn’t want a larger commercial “supercenter” that would attract heavy traffic and stray from the look of the downtown.