Pothole Watch: Week 1

Potholes continue to blight Goshen Plaza parking lot


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BY ERIKA NORTON

What’s broken“What will happen first? CVS parking lot gets repaved or humans land on Mars?” asked a Campbell Hall resident on Facebook recently.

Gaping potholes and uneven pavement continue to plague the Goshen Plaza parking lot on Clowes Avenue — and it’s only getting worse.

Last week, shoppers posted videos online showing cardboard laid over potholes and weighed down by buckets. After a backlash, some of the holes were filled with gravel, but many big holes and bumps remain. All the holes were filled with rainwater on Monday.

The deteriorating parking lot at the village's only shopping center, which includes a CVS Pharmacy and several other businesses, is a perennial problem.

HistoryIn May 2015, Philip Adler and North American Properties purchased the Goshen Plaza for $7.85 million at auction, the second for the strip mall.

Goshen Plaza business owners have in the past complained that the pockmarked lot has driven away business.

In 2001, the Grand Union grocery store left the plaza, leaving the village without a supermarket to this day. CVS moved into that spot later.

When will it be fixed?In 2015, Adler and village Mayor Kyle Roddey said they planned to make the parking lot a priority. The parking lot saw some paving in September of that year, but the condition has deteriorated again.

One Goshen resident posted on Facebook in 2016, “As usual the CVS parking lot is horrendous! New owner same old problems!”

Editor's note: Pothole Watch will keep an eye on the situation with updates every week until the lot is repaved or humans land on Mars, whichever comes first.







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