Voorheesville’s small-town charm will be enhanced by Business for Good proposal

To the Editor:
We should welcome the Business For Good proposal.

Admittedly, I am not versed in the Voorheesville Zoning Law that was adopted in 2019. But I am a lifelong resident of Voorheesville, and grew up very close to the area in question.

Business for Good is a not-for-profit organization established by a Voorheesville alumnus and his wife. They are willing to invest $1 million to $2 million into our community by my estimate and, if successful, many local charities will benefit as well. Are there other investors willing to do the same?

I do not believe the small-town charm will be ruined by the proposal but enhanced. Voorheesville needs a place where community members can gather for good times, good food, and good conversation.

In today's world of COVID-19 isolation, social media, etc., a place for face-to-face interactions is greatly needed. Other local businesses nearby should welcome the proposal as well, as it may add to their success.

As far as a quiet neighborhood, the main street of any small town is typically filled with the hustle and bustle of residents and businesses. When Stewart’s was open from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., did it destroy the neighborhood?

I strongly support the addition of local businesses to the South Main Street area and the Business For Good investment in our community. Voorheesville was established via the railroad, numerous businesses have called South Main Street home, and efforts to revitalize “Main Street” should be welcomed.

Would quiet, vacant storefronts enhance the charm of the village ?

Dean Decker


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