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New 7-Eleven Taking Shape on Route 347

Construction of a new 7-11 on the corner of Terry Road and Route 347 has led to the clearing of a roadside memorial for a Ronkonkoma boy.


A new building that has stirred local curiosity on the corner of Terry Road and Route 347 is quickly taking the shape of a new 7-Eleven.

Employees in the Town of Smithtown's Planning Department confirmed Monday that a new 7-Eleven is being constructed on the northwest corner of Terry Road and Route 347 in Smithtown, opposite Walgreens.

The paved site, a gas station several years back, has been vacant for several years. A chain link fence went up around the property in early April, screening off the space for construction to begin.

When construction started, workers removed a large bike frame that served as a roadside memorial for Ronkonkoma boy killed at the intersection in 2009. According to Long Island Business News, Nicholas Svercel, 15, was riding his bike northbound across Terry Road at roughly 4 p.m. when he was hit and killed by driver Alex Helkin, 25, of Farmingdale, on Nov. 26, 2009.

His family and friends had left the frame of Svercel's blackened BMW bike on the corner of the intersection, whose white bike chain had been shaped into a heart. Standing near was a white cross decorated with red ribbons and several burnt candles from prior vigils.

Now, most if not all traces of the memorial have been removed to make way for the new convenience store.

The popular convenience chain has several franchises near the future Smithtown site. One location at 206 Smithtown Bypass is less than 2 miles away, or less than a five-minute trip on the same roadway.


Tell us, what do you think of the new 7-Eleven being built?

David July 10, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Dude right on! Finally someone on the same page>>>>>> BTW what do you think lets put a 7-11 in the old PetLand center Maybe its big enought for a warehouse. But take down a front stoop rail or cut a curb and the town is knocking at the door where is the permit unreal they must go!
WOODY11780 July 10, 2012 at 08:24 PM
You have NO sayin the matter
WOODY11780 July 10, 2012 at 08:25 PM
We the taxpayers have NO say in the matter
Frank Scagluso July 10, 2012 at 08:27 PM
If you do not like the 7-11's, do what I do, and just do not patronize them. If everyone stopped using them, they would not pop up all over. Apparently, there is a demand for them.
Henry Powderly (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 09:25 PM
David, because the location is so close to Hauppauge, this story ran on both Smithtown Patch and Hauppauge Patch so we could keep the entire region in the loop. Thanks for reading. Henry Powderly Regional Editor
D July 10, 2012 at 09:56 PM
just what we need something else to help back up the traffic a little more! so not necessary.
Mike July 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Do we need another 7-11 , No. Are the ones we have busy , Always. Simple buisness decision .
David July 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Make no sence you say other are always busy that would mean we need another to spread the weatth around. All i gotta say is how many more accidents and deaths will take place at that intersection until they put a camera in all 4 ways????
Nesconset Dude July 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Because your local politicians are greedy, sneaky little weasels. That's why.
RC July 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I was at the Smithtown board meeting when the plans were introduced to the zoning board. Plans for a bank were introduced for the lot across the road on 347.A horrible , deadly intersection , all this will bring is more accidentsand deaths . , What became of the plans to make Terry Rd an overpass? BTW , I am not a Nesconset resident, but I oppose the planned apts. Nesconset Dude, I will sign the petition .. I also never partronize 7-11...
Argile July 11, 2012 at 01:03 AM
The one across from CVS on Smithtown blvd. siamesed with the old Fosters grill is hardly busy.
Argile July 11, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Will it take the burden of high school taxes off it's residents? Probably not.
RC July 11, 2012 at 01:56 AM
robkoz,..of course not ...It will just cause more back ups and accidents .A new restaurant is taking over the store that was Fosters Grill.. The sign says Kelli's Steaks.. the hidden store that no one sees..We must eat alot . Eaterys keep opening up ..I drive the back streets to avoid all of it .. I have a question, WHERE is everyone going all day and night ?
jimbo July 11, 2012 at 03:11 AM
While i understand that the buisness owners need to remove the memorial,it is my hope that they create another memorial for the boy somewhere onthe site.
Billy July 11, 2012 at 05:05 AM
I agree it is time for change. Vote these people out. We need to make Smithtown and surrounding towns into villages with the mom and pop stores and if we continue on this pace Smithtown will start looking more and more like Levittown and hicksville with 347 resembling Hempstead turnpike and home values decreasing. The town was suppose to look like a new England colonial town/village but the democrats and the greed are destroying any chances of that and taxes continue to go up and politicians continue to line there pockets. Please post when the next town village netting is.
Billy July 11, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Btw it is awful that the memorial was pushed aside, that family deserves better than how this was handled. I pray that they find peace and more than anything the article made me angry to find out what some jackass did to the bicycle.
Nesconset Dude July 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM
@Billy: Just please keep in mind that in Smithtown, the voting split is typically 70/30 in favor of Republicans. Pat Vecchio is a Republican, as is the rest of the town board (I correct me if I'm wrong). Please don't blame a party that's not in power locally for the ills of our town, these guys have been running the show for way too long. By the way, I'm an Independent and will always vote against the incumbent until I see some positive change. If you won't vote for a Democrat, then you're just voting down party lines and perpetuating the problem yourself and eliminating your right to complain about these issues.
Big Dog Daddy July 12, 2012 at 03:42 PM
REGISTER TO VOTE; JOIN A POLITICAL PARTY AND BE INVOLVED; PRIMARY THE OLD GUARD THAT DISMISSES THE NEEDS OF EVERYONE BUT THE SMALL CORE OF CONSTITUENTS THAT BLINDLY SUPPORT THEM. I'VE WALK OUR STREETS FOR CANDIDATES AND CARRYING PETITIONS. I HAVE WALKED NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE ALMOST AN ENTIRE BLOCK HAS ONLY ONE OR TWO HOMES WITH REGISTERED VOTERS BUT EVERYONE HAS A COMMENT OR, A COMPLAINT OR, TELLS US WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IN GOVERNMENT. IT IS APPALLING HOW MANY CITIZENS DO NOT TAKE A FEW MINUTES ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR TO VOTE WHILE OUR YOUNG SERVICE MEMBERS PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERYDAY TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOMS. GET INVOLVED IN YOUR PARTY OF CHOICE AND WALK YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD WITH VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS. WE GET TO HAVE A REVOLUTION EVERY NOVEMBER.... GET YOUR FRIENDS AND JOIN IN!
WOODY11780 July 12, 2012 at 09:28 PM
AGREED
WOODY11780 July 12, 2012 at 09:35 PM
This whole subject & story is water under the bridge, Permits are issued, & construction under way.....Nobody can stop it, ..Rep. or Dem......Its a done deal....like it or not
Nesconset Dude July 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Agreed
Michele July 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Nesconset Dude I am glad to find someone who has figured it out. you have to fight for what is fair. too much bluff going on!
RC July 13, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Desacrating a memorial to a young boy who was killed.. shameful . It will not be a happy place..
Nesconset Dude July 13, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Why not desecrate the memorial? We now have another place to get Slurpees and Taquitos! (note: sarcasm).
Argile July 13, 2012 at 04:39 PM
You know it kind of me wonder how the people of Smithtown complain over a 7-11 that's pretty much out of the way and tucked in a corner yet no one complains about the out of control property taxes, which in my opinion, is more devastating to the towns future than anything. I think some of you have your priorities mixed up.
Nesconset Dude July 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Taxes will never go down, it's just a guarantee. I would start digging in on the schools if that's the #1 problem, that's where about 75% of your tax $$$ go.
RC July 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Hey Dude! I like your scarcasm.. We need another place coffee, donuts, slurpees, all kinds of junk food, BEER!!
Nesconset Dude July 13, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Mmmmmmmm, beeeeeeer. God bless Cuomo for easing the laws for locally brewed beer makers. They should have put a micro brewery at this location, that's something we don't see much of in the area.
John September 08, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Did I hear right? A bank is going up on the south side of 347 and Terry Road? Wasn't the ground contaminated from leaks by the previous gas station that once stood there? There goes that tax revenue again.
David September 08, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Yes you heard right. CHASE is going there and they starting working the other day. Of course the ground was contaminated but it has been how many years now? The town of Smithtown figures most have forgotten lets let them build . They dont care about anything. Didnt you see when 7-11 hit the GAS lines that were left in the ground they halted for a day or two then quickly covered it up BEFORE DEC could get there to exmine. then it was like WHAT gas lines. thank Heavans for Cell Phones THESE PICTURES that are in the DEC hands now will see where that goes.

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