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Public Hearing for Proposed Route 347 Gas Station

Smithtown Planning Board will hear plans to build a new gas station on the Route 347 on Wednesday night.

Plans for a newly proposed gas station on Route 347 will be presented to the public for the first time on Wednesday night. 

Smithtown Planning Board will host a public hearing on plans to build a gas station and convenience store on the northwest corner of the Route 347 and Route 111 intersection in Smithtown 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Citizen Center. 

Bolla Operating, a Melville-based group, has requested a change of zone from R-10 residential to neighborhood business on 0.48 acres along the northwest corner of Route. 347 and Route 111. Bolla is looking to demolish the abandoned auto repair garage and a two-story home.

According to plans, Bolla is planning to build a 10-pump gas station with room to fuel up to 16 vehicles and a 1,200-square-foot convenience store with small offices and a storage area. This $1.5 million project will require the new business to install two 15,000 gallon underground storage tanks to hold gasoline and diesel fuel. 

A traffic study conducted for the project by Stonefield Engineering and Design, dated Dec. 24, 2012, concludes that "the proposed development would not have a signficant impact on the traffic operations of the adjacent roadways." It estimated the new gasoline station would generate less than 1.5 percent of the overall traffic on Route 347 and Route 111. 

New York State Department of Transportation has recently widened the Route 347 and Route 111 intersection as part of its Route 347 greenway project. Route 347 has had an additional lane added in each direction, expanding to three-lanes each way. Route 111/Wheeler Road had the addition of a turning lane on the southbound side, with it temporarily continued on the opposite side of the intersection before two lanes merge back into one. 

Nesconset Dude January 16, 2013 at 05:55 PM
I guess the Hess station right across the street ain't good enough. Oh hell, why not build a new gas station?
Argile January 16, 2013 at 06:38 PM
LOL Dude! Hess usually has the lowest prices. Don't really think a new gas station has a chance of competing with Hess. That whole area is nothing but a dead zone ever since Community Hospital of Western Suffolk closed back in the 90's. Houses would be a better bet but I'm sure Smithtown is desperate since the housing market SUCKS in Smithtown. I guess the only thing left to generate revenue is gas stations and fast food joints. Thanks Smithtown BOE! You really screwed everyone good.
Sara January 16, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Hey everyone, how about some green space! No? Too much to ask for? Just tear it up and plant trees and grass. No one needs another gas station that will just go out of business and once again become an abandoned lot.
myra naseem January 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I don't think we need another gas station. Why not make that part of the parcel of land that was the former hospital and just let it be a piece of non income producing attractive piece of land. There really is no Hauppauge. Make this little corner the Hauppauge Village Green.
Nesconset Dude January 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Now now, Sara, we wouldn't want that. Green/open space is a big no-no in the land of high taxes and well lined pockets.
Paul January 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM
The question really is, does the zone change create a precedent in the town code that will allow other potential sites to become large high volume service stations in areas that are not currently suitable either due to neighboring residential conflicts or vehicular safety considerations. The idea of having defined zoning integrity is to have a balanced blend of uses within a given area. Once that is broken your town is no longer a town , but an urban city.
todd January 17, 2013 at 12:18 AM
hi
todd January 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM
i think it is good for business the cars heading south on 111 now have easy access for gas and a cup of coffe in the morning , and it should produce at least 35k in taxes for the town maybe more that can pay for one guy on the back of a garbage truck picking up your leaves
Christopher D'Antonio January 17, 2013 at 12:59 AM
This should be incorporated into the Smithtown General Parcel for a larger office or condo development. This would minimize the number of curb cuts on to 111 and 347 and would also likely provide some quality green spaces to buffer the homes or offices.
Brad Milano January 17, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Comments like this are annoying. The owner wants to make money, not sod it down so you can drive by and revel in the tranquility. Get a clue.
Nesconset Dude January 17, 2013 at 03:11 AM
@Brad: It's okay to get annoyed, but the whole profiteering thing is getting old and people are getting tired of it. Now, I don't disagree with them putting a gas station here, it would be better than the run down lot that's there now, but I find the idea of public hearings to be a joke at this point. The town is going to do whatever it wants, as usual.
Argile January 17, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Hey that would be a great place to put a Sonic!!
We Heart Long Island January 17, 2013 at 02:52 PM
You should buy the property and do that.
We Heart Long Island January 17, 2013 at 02:52 PM
You should buy the property and do that.
We Heart Long Island January 17, 2013 at 02:53 PM
You should buy the property and do that.
Nesconset Dude January 17, 2013 at 05:03 PM
We Heart Long Island = TROLL
Only In America January 17, 2013 at 06:21 PM
robkoz...you took the words right out of my mouth!!! SONIC....go there!!!
John M. January 17, 2013 at 08:14 PM
DOT just made the improvement to rt 347 to expidite the traffic flow and now lets add a gas station to slow it down. And to the person who wrote they would stop at the new station to get coffee, I say try getting up ten minutes earlier and make your own or at least stop at your local deli and keep them in buisness.
Nick Klissas January 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM
NYSDOT should have acquired that property as part of the 347 improvement program. There's no way that traffic stopping into that patch of land right beyond a traffic light at the corner of the two busiest highways in Hauppauge would not affect traffic. Just imagine the confusion of westbound 347 traffic seeing car making a right turn into the gas station just past the intersection. It will certainly lead to confusion, if not rear end collisions. Why NYSDOT is so passive on property taking is beyond me. This was a no-brainer. Even better would have been an underpass for 347 right at that point.
We Heart Long Island January 18, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Nesconset Dude = SIMPLETON
deana scot February 22, 2013 at 05:24 PM
If a condo was built, I would definitely buy. Hauppauge is such a great place to live, good schools, low taxes and great location. What do you think, any builders interested?
swataz April 14, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Nah lets debate this for a few years so we can continue to have a boarded up eyesore on that corner generating zero revenue instead.

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