Slow Pace of Stop & Shop Review Is Concern at Commission Hearing

As a months-long review by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission of expansion plans for the Vineyard Haven Stop & Shop continues, members of the commission expressed frustration late this week with the lack of progress.

And spokesmen for the international grocery chain told the commission that they have reduced the size of the plans as much as they can.

Debate Continues Over Tisbury Stop & Shop Expansion

Questions of size and character dominated discussion at a Martha’s Vineyard Commission public hearing Thursday night, the third such session the commission has held on plans to renovate and expand the Stop & Shop Vineyard Haven store.

Supermarket Shuffle

Originally an A&P, the Vineyard Haven Stop & Shop was built years before anyone on the Island ever contemplated problems with overcrowding. Water street once hosted a modest ferry terminal, a hot dog stand for tourists and the Smith, Bodfish and Swift farm and feed store.

Stop & Shop Review Reopens With Changes to Expansion Plans

Plans for a large expansion and renovation of the Vineyard Haven Stop & Shop, which have raised concerns about a range of issues from aesthetics to traffic, had a slightly different look when they came before the Martha’s Vineyard Commission again Thursday night.

Stop & Shop Delays Public Hearing on Large Expansion Plan

Discussion continues on a controversial plan to more than double the size of the Vineyard Haven grocery store. Issues involving the municipal parking lot adjacent to the store will be the subject of a public meeting with the Tisbury selectmen on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Tisbury senior center.

Way Too Big

Regarding Stop and Shop’s proposal for an expanded supermarket and parking garage on Water street in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard Commission executive director Mark London has put together a list of 27 questions that Stop and Shop needs to respond to. These questions relate to some very basic issues that surround this project, such as flood plain issues.

Out of Scale

At what point in our history must a grocery store become so large? The Tisbury Stop & Shop debate seems to be settling on two positions, one of which I believe is misconstrued and unfortunately working to benefit this misguided plan.

Stop & Shop's Big Box Plan Is Poor Fit for the Vineyard

So far, the Stop & Shop expansion project seems to be flying under the radar of many people who would be concerned if they knew exactly what Stop & Shop is planning for the expansion of their Vineyard Haven store.

Old Problems, New Solutions

As I watch the many hearings to discuss how we can make Stop and Shop solve all our traffic problems, I can’t help ask, what is the cause of our traffic in Vineyard Haven and what is the solution? The answer is the Steamship Authority — the elephant in the neighborhood.

Concerns Raised Over Stop & Shop Expansion

With concerns ranging from storm water management to the fate of town-owned bathrooms, public review of a proposal for a major renovation and expansion of the Tisbury Stop & Shop store continued Thursday before the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

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