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#1 May 3, 2009
Shopping Center at Horse Block Road and Waverley Ave. Farmingville,NY
#2 May 5, 2009
Before the shopping center was built this was the site of Marks Barn. Waverley Ave. came to an end on Horseblock Road.
#3 May 5, 2009
Hehe....I don't ever remember a time that that center was ever very successful/busy!(Nor the one on Horseblcok and Blue Pt.)
#4 Jul 31, 2009
College Plaza Twin Cinemas
#5 Jul 29, 2010
Bernard (Tony) Marks. Bernard’s house stood on the hill where the old Waldbaum’s shopping center is located.
#6 Nov 23, 2011
1853: The Schoolhouse building is acquired by Bernard (Tony) Marks. Bernard’s house stood on the hill where the old Waldbaum’s shopping center is located. The 1st meeting of the New Congregational Church, (which broke away from the New Village Church in Koram) is held at the Schoolhouse.
#7 Dec 17, 2013
Farmingville Shopping Center, is one of the first commercial properties a driver sees entering the hamlet from the west, so it should set a tone for the community. It was suggested that the name could be changed and the plaza be rezoned to J Business 6 to bring about more of a “Main Street” look and feel.
There was wide support for attracting new businesses and opening community or cultural facilities, including a gym, movie theater, or performing arts center. The market retail study will analyze the potential for such businesses. Existing retail facilities should remain on the site and can be upgraded to match the community’s vision.
During the community planning weekend community members suggested creating a community or recreation center in this location. The vision includes a mix of uses, buildings set closer to the street, a landscaped sidewalk out front, and parking in the rear. Landscaping, sidewalks, and façade treatments can create an attractive street frontage. Storefront facades should be even with one another and look similar, like side-by-side buildings rather than stores in a strip mall. The façade treatments will make stores visible and engaging to pedestrians and motorists.
Sidewalks will be lined with trees and attractive street lamps, and the color of the sidewalk will be distinguished from the driveway to increase pedestrian safety. The parking lot should include plenty of shade trees and landscaped medians. The landscaped buffer and clusters of trees that separate the site from the houses to the rear behind it should be maintained.
#8 Jan 8, 2014
In 1978, the Peña family embarked on a journey which would lead to the formation of Compare Foods. That year the Peña family opened their first supermarket in Woodside, Queens. After the initial success of this first store, the family expanded in the supermarket business, eventually having stores in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan.
With the experience of operating these stores, Eligio Peña had the vision of a supermarket chain that would provide quality products, exceptional service and low prices to the community. This new chain would be known as Compare Foods. After three years of working to make this dream a reality, the first Compare Foods opened its doors to serve the community on October 1989 in Freeport, New York. The success with which the first store was met encouraged the family to open a sister store in Brentwood, New York. Today, the Peña family operates stores in New York City, Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachussets, South Carolina and North Carolina. Wherever Compare Foods has opened a new supermarket, the community has enthusiastically embraced it and has continued to give it support.
Compare Foods works hard to better the communities in which it serves. It sponsors and supports local groups such as churches, youth services and non-profit organizations. It constantly looks to make the neighborhood and its surrounding area a better place to live.
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