Developer Oscar Plotkin returns to York Beach
“If he doesn't have a plan, then he would be doing the same work as we've been doing on the other parcels”
Developer Oscar Plotkin will introduce a renowned architect to the town on Tuesday, who he hopes will collaborate with locals to create a "master plan" leading to the York Beach renaissance. via Seacoast Online
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#1 Apr 20, 2008
I attended the meeting where Mr. Plotkin presented his views. I personally feel that he is an honest and genuine person, who will, in the process of redeveloping the York Zoo, bring a new level of sophistication and economic prosperity to York, ME. York is one of the closest of the Maine resort towns to Boston and New York. It should be a true destination for those seeking everything from an affordable family vacation, to a luxury getaway. All successful resort towns, had investors and sponsors who made sure that the community was elevated to the next level of prosperity. Mr. Plotkin is the man to do that. I am a summer resident in York, for more than 30 years, and I can't wait for Berkshire to start working on this project.
I think this is the most exciting thing to happen to York in a very long time!
#3 Mar 27, 2009
I also attended the meeting. Mr. Plotkin's plans were unrealistic and showed a lack of forethought. Because of poor planning it included a "light rail" system to get people to near the beach that they currently park at and walk to! Imagine all of your beach gear and your family on a small train - justs reeks of fun, doesn't it? His proposal even included development of land that he does not own and is in a trust. The big hole in Mr. Plotkin's plan is that the area does not have the zoning or infrastructure to support his plans and Mr. Plotkin offered nothing to address these significant issues. Mr. Plotkin's company primarily focuses of big box and cookie cutter stores into existing highly developed areas. He has never done a project of this nature and his proposal shows that lack of knowledge.
#4 Feb 17, 2010
Clearly you are ignorant and uninformed of who Oscar Plotkin is and what he does. Please keep your big box and cookie cutter stores stories to yourself until you have proper knowledge on the topics your speaking of.
#5 Mar 4, 2011
Well, Brad, I am familiar with Oscar Plotkin's projects. According to his company's website, they are focused on shopping plaza's, stores like Dick's Sporting Goods, and re-vitalizing the buildings from the defunct Bradlees chain. His company worked on a plaza in my home town. All of these projects are nothing like the York project. At two meetings in York, Mr. Plotkin could not provide any examples of projects similar to York that his company had been involved with. The closest thing was in New Bedford, Mass where his company was purchasing as old mill and they did not show up (without warning to the city) at the closing, thereby, forfeiting 1 million dollars. Since you are from NY city, I am guessing that you may be involved with Mr. Plotkin in Puffy's Tavern (a financial connection?). Ask him how he made out with the lawsuit in Taos, New Mexico where his company was accused of coercing an elderly woman for her land to build a shopping center?
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