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Nesconset Taxpayers Association Blasts Sonic Proposal

The association says the proposed location for the restaurant isn't appropriate for the area.

A proposal to bring a Sonic restaurant is being met with opposition by the Nesconset Taxpayers Association, a local civic.

"This is a poor location for a drive-in service," said Seth Weinberg, member of the group. "It's on a residential street that already has a fair amount of traffic and at an intersection with a fair amount of traffic. It will border homes, increase the noise and air pollution."

Weinberg said he speaks for the whole group in opposing the Sonic plan.

Smithtown's Zoning Board of Appeals is set to hold a public hearing on the Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Eugene A. Cannataro Senior Citizen Center.

The proposed site for the Sonic is on the corner of Middle Country Road and Alexander Avenue, located near the Smith Haven Mall.

An attorney representing Valley Stream-based Serota Smithtown LLC will present detailed plans for the , a 1950s diner-style restaurant its outdoor food service as an accessory use to its indoor seating, according to a Newsday article.

In the opinion of Weinberg, speaking for himself and not the Taxpayers, he suggests other nearby locations that would be a better fit for Sonic.

"If you go across the street where Checkers is [there are] four acres of undeveloped, commercial real estate that has no homes bordering it at all," he said. "It has access from [Route] 347, right near the mall."

Faith Turuta June 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Me Too, Bernice. I totally agree
Seawolf Fan June 27, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I have to agree..
Phil July 02, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Although Houlihans would not bound any residential property, The bottomline is middle country, can not handle the traffic generated by sonic, and moriches road, would suffer the same fate as alexander ave with insane traffic backups if they dont allow traffic to back up on MCR. In deer park, sonic put employees in reflective vests on the sidewalks of Deer Park avenue, directing sonic patrons onto the shoulder to ease the traffic burden on 231 itself, but the traffic still backed up nearly 3 miles. MCR has no shoulder, and a traffic backup like they had on 231 would stretch passed 347 into the single lane portion of Jericho into st. james. So where would they direct the backup? Down Alexander? or Down Moriches.. both bad ideas. Also, the zoning does not allow a counter service restaurant in WSI, thats why they need a special exception. So essentially, its against the law to build there, and they want an exception. So why the law? Add to this variances looking to: • Request: Special Exception to permit a 2,100 sq.ft. restaurant; • Variance of a special exception to permit a counter service restaurant to have outdoor dining; • Variance to permit outdoor dining in WSI district; • Permit 22 loud speakers at locations • Reduce required landscape islands from 9 to 1; • Increase number of ground signs from 1 to 32;
Phil July 02, 2012 at 05:47 AM
continued: - Increase max. area of ground signs from 40 sq.ft. to 739 sq.ft.; • Increase number of wall signs from 1 to 7; • Increase height of 2 wall signs from 15 ft. to 20 ft.; • Increase height of 1 wall sign from 15 ft. to 21 ft.; • Permit 3 wall signs not facing a public street; look at the extremes they are lookinbg for..,.. 22 Louspeakers, 32 ground signs when the town only allows 1, increase signage from 40 sq ft to 732 sq ft and decrease the required size of a landscape island fro 9 feet to 1 foot.. Worse of all, all of this is to go 57 feet from the backyard property lines of 5 homes. So when these folks are sitting in their yard, they get to look at sonics drivin stalls about 6 car lengths away. The drive proposed on Alexcander avenue will be about 8 feet from a residential driveway on Alexander. folks are abusing the residents for NIMBY.. this this is just unfair.. because IS esentially RIGHT IN their backyard.. their property values will plummet, and they thought the zoning would protect them from this type of establishment. Soic is asking the BZA to modify the zoning that has protect them all along.. No one signed up for that.
Kathie July 03, 2012 at 10:28 PM
does anyone know the update on Sonic?? How do we find out what the BZA ruled on it?

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