After a series of hearings and continuances, the property owner of Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center has withdrawn an application to the city Board of Standards & Appeals that would have seen the Waldbaum's grocery store replaced by a Best Buy electronics store.
Douglaston Best Buy site plans withdrawn
Jeffrey Chester, an attorney represented AAC Douglaston Plaza LLC, confirmed that his client was no longer pursuing the application to change the property's designation to allow an electronics store to operate without limitations to floor space.
Explaining the rationale for the Jan. 17 withdrawal, which came just nine days after the last BSA hearing, Chester said "it appeared to me as though we weren't going to get the decision we were looking for."
The property owner's desire to replace Waldbaum's had raised a hue and cry among area residents, who, backed by local politicians, asserted that a grocery store would far better serve the surrounding largely elderly community than an electronics outlet.