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Chamber, Town and Local Business Collaborate

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- In an effort to smooth out the process for businesses in Yorktown, the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce is going ahead with its idea of having all necessary parties meet at once to start a new business project off smoothly.

“The chamber feels that by getting everybody in the room at one time it’s beneficial,” said Yorktown Chamber of Commerce President, Joe Visconti. “A launch meeting is a way to help businesses. By getting the engineers and the attorneys and the town planner and the town engineer and the town environmentalist together it’s very very positive and it expedites the project.”

The first project to use somewhat as an example for the project is the expansion of the Mohegan Lake Motors located on Route 6.

President of Mohegan Lake Motors, Barry Rost said the experience in meeting with everyone was a welcome one.

“Joe had this idea, an attempt to bring together the town and business so we could all look at the project together in its early stages,” Rost said. “It’s to break down these barriers in Yorktown about business and the town, it’s a way for us all to collaborate.”

The new location proposed by Rost. would be a sales only facility—and the current location that houses Mohegan Lake Motors would eventually be an Audi/Suzuki location only, but all of that is far down the road Rost said. The location for the building is the former Bella Vita restaurant.

“This isn’t a fast track, but it’s a way to collaborate,” Rost said. “I’m proud of the project, and I’m sure there will be a lot of public input in it.”

So far, Rost said the chamber’s help in the process has helped with the process. The original design for the building was much “harder” with harder lines and Visconti suggested there be more plants added and the lines softened on the building—which is now the design Rost is working on.

Certain issues arose such as wetlands issues and traffic—all issues which Rost was both able to hear about in the meeting with town officials and problems he is hopeful to fix. Since the new building will only be a service center, Rost said it won’t create any more traffic than the restaurant would have.

Rost said that having gone through previous renovations of the current location, he’s grateful to see that steps are being taken to alleviate some of the stresses and concerns that come with brining more business to Yorktown.

“Having gone through this experience once before, it’s refreshing to see attention made to mitigate any future problems,” Rost said.

What do you think of the efforts to make Yorktown more business-friendly?

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