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The Blight at the Five Corners

1PalmerViewWe received the following letter and photos from resident Jon Thaler who has many questions about the unoccupied building on Palmer Avenue. Here is what he said:

The new building on Palmer Avenue at the Five Corners looks terrible; is the town still on it? In a town where homeowners are tediously monitored for construction approval, inspection and safety why has the town let this go unchecked – why are there are two standards?

Questions abound:

Does the developer have a Certificate of Occupancy for this unfinished building? If so, why?

The building looks nothing like the rendering that was approved by the Board of Architectural Review. Will the town compel them to complete the construction per the approved plans? Where are the trees and the awnings?

Will the wall surrounding the ramp to the underground parking have any decorative finish?

In a town where one cannot have any signage, are the cinder block and metal stud "Space Available" signs approved and built to code? They seem to impede flow on the public sidewalk and also appear to be a safety hazard during storms as they are not anchored to any structure. Thee signs are supported by cheap metal studs with sharp edges that look like they could injure pedestrians and could easily move on a windy day. The Village fines people for posting small cardboard signs to announce garage sales, but permits these? And did I remember to say that they are ugly?

Wouldn't it be easier to find a tenant if the building looked nice. Balduccis should be commended for all the work done on their side to improve the parking lot and entrance. Why can't the developer of One Palmer Avenue do the same?

Jon Thaler
Wynmor Road
Scarsdale

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+1 #30 ShlomoMandelbaum! 2014-05-21 23:47
Oi vey! When my yeddah saw this during a recent visit, she was appalled.
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+1 #29 awning choice 2014-05-20 21:47
I think the awnings are really ugly and couldn't figure out why they chose green...then I looked up an realized they match the ugly green metal roof
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+8 #28 anonymous 2014-05-20 15:35
The truth is that hits building had a convoluted path through the BAR, which sent back the designs multiple times. The building was not built to its stated design. Village staff did ask for upgrades to be made, but compromised. The blame lies with staff. The builders probably cut their losses when their main tenant backed out.
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+4 #27 Quaker Ridge Bobby 2014-05-19 18:53
Not only is it ugly and does not conform to the original plans I remember, but it is not set back from the curb making it more pronounced.

No one mentions the new parking entrance to Balducci's. Very narrow in and out. Upon exiting you fight those coming out from the other parking lot across the street while also dealing with people turning in from the right. A very dangerous situation to match the ugliness of the property. And thank someone for mentioning the signage. The advertising is so low class and matches the ugliness of the new building.
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+1 #26 Scarsdale Resident 2014-05-19 18:42
If you know Brad Perkins or Doug Brout, the developers, you can ask them yourself about this mystery. They're both Scarsdale residents, who previously developed Christie Place. They're both quite respected. My guess is that they (or their LLC) got screwed by Seasons/Super Sol, they were forced to pull back on the design and limit finishing work on 1 Palmer, and that they are as dismayed as anyone about this hit to their reputations. My advice to them would be: speak up and let us know what happened. Before we edit your wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradford_Perkins_%28architect%29
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-2 #25 so now what 2014-05-19 14:56
I have read all the comments and we can complain until we are blue in the face...if you have seen the building recently the little green awnings have been put in place.. this building is here to stay, and there is nothing more we as residents can do about it.. so lets make the best of it and move on...
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+6 #24 Observer 2014-05-18 23:11
I've been told that something "out of the ordinary" happened during the process of getting the permits for this building. Some sort of money changing hands...
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+10 #23 HARRY REYNOLDS 2014-05-16 17:33
Except for those sitting in an asylum, who would buy a home in Scarsdale located within a mile of this building that looks as if it had been designed and built by the WPA in the thirties? A home hunter stopping his car at the Five Corners intersection would wonder whether he was looking at the first evidence of the decay of Scarsdale. The building, no mater how we decry it, will tend to lower the value of all homes near it. Who would want to look at it every morning, especially in the rain? The only person who would favor of it would be Graham Greene.
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+1 #22 Tee 2014-05-16 16:26
Perhaps you should look back on how this structure got there in the first place. If I remember correctly, Gristedes (Golden Horseshoe) was supposed to close and Supersol was supposed to take its place. When Gristedes decided to stay, Supersol wanted to build another building in the already congested Golden Horseshoe parking lot. Add to this hot topic was the fact that Supersol took up lots of parking spaces, often running loud refrigerator trucks continuously, 24 hours a day (and they still do). After months of discussions, it was decided that a building will be built at Heathcote for a new Supersol, ONLY if it had adequate parking. So the underground garage was built. Somewhere along the way, Supersol changed its name to Seasons, and eventually put up another store in the Golden Horseshoe. So what was supposed to be the new Supersol is now an empty building.
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+5 #21 Bill 2014-05-16 14:57
Makes me afraid (more so) of the other project they have planned for five corners. The one behind Masa.
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