Pothole watch: Week 9

Friday update: The mayor has issued an Order to Remedy to the property owner


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BY ERIKA NORTON

BREAKING NEWS! Goshen Mayor Kyle Roddey gets tough with property owners: see related story: https://bit.ly/2HewqkK.

Check back for updates.

A ice cream introduced this season offers commentary on a problem close to home.

Friendly’s Ice Cream (RIP Goshen Friendly’s!) recently released a limited edition flavor with “black tar fudge, crushed chocolate creme, cookie gravel, and asphalt chocolate chips” called the “Nor’easter Pothole” — a flavor one might expect to find at the Goshen CVS.

On Week 9 of Pothole Watch, cars negotiating the Goshen Plaza parking lot could be seen dodging craters filled with water from the recent rain and snow.

While the entrance and exit to the Goshen Plaza may now be paved, the rest of the lot continues to deteriorate. The sections leading into and out of the plaza were recently paved after the owners of the neighboring Goshen Diner paid to have it fixed, even though they don't own the lot.

Sharon Quackenbush had this to say about the lot owners on The Chronicle's Facebook page: "I've heard they just pass the fines on to the renters with rent increases. I thought there was a new owner a couple years ago, everyone was so excited! Guess not!"

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.

Editor’s note: Pothole Watch will keep an eye on the situation with weekly updates until the lot is repaved.







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