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Empty in East Northport: Former Taco Bell

Tell us what you'd like to see on the vacant property.

Drive down Larkfield Road or Jericho Turnpike and you will notice some vacant storefronts adorned with "For Rent" signs, a possible indication of the hard times the area — and country — are facing.

Northport Patch will spotlight empty properties to foster discussion in the community on what can, should and could be done to rehab abandoned places. This week, we're highlighting the site of a former Taco Bell drive-through on Larkfield Road and Fourth Avenue, a plot of 15,426 square feet.

What would you like to see in place of this vacant property? Tell us in the comments.

Chris January 26, 2012 at 02:42 AM
What we need here is a Chamber of Commerce or a Planning Board or something to take control of this thoroughfare. Many towns have Vision Plans for their downtowns. We have no oversight or common sense on Larkfield Road. Its that same idiocy that got us 4 big box drugs stores in 1/2 a mile of each other including TWO WALGREENS, while buildings like this sat idle and unoccupied. Its less about the economy since this Taco Bell has been gone for quite a while. Fact is, there are plenty of vacant storefronts that should be looked at first before building another bank or drugstore or whatever on vacant land. Make tax incentives, change zoning, but clean it up. Larkfield Road, Clay Pitts to the Tracks has the worst curbside appeal around, perhaps second only to Huntington Station north of Jericho. Meanwhile, if its food only - how about decent Chinese or Pizza - the ones here stink.
John January 26, 2012 at 07:05 AM
Ha !! Do you remember Wetsons? McDonald's competition back in the day. McD's had the golden arches and Wetsons had the orange rings. Pretty much the same place though. Thanks for the memory.
John January 26, 2012 at 07:06 AM
A great old fashioned mom-n-pop diner. One open say from 11 am - 5am straight through the night. Nothing like that near to Northport/East Northport.
Jack January 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM
I like the diner idea as well but it doesn't have the space. You can really to a major expansion as parking is already limited
Jack January 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
A Chipolte would be great. It's great fast food
Tom Dewick January 26, 2012 at 01:25 PM
KFC!
FYI January 26, 2012 at 02:28 PM
How about an eyebrow trimming salon Jerry?
stacey McDevitt January 26, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I live locally and would love to open up a little cafe here. But the rent they is way to high for a small business, they are asking $100,000 a year plus taxes. That's why it is sitting empty!
Old Fisherman January 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
How come nobody thinks of a Colonel Sanders? There is no deent fried chicken joint in the area.
Scamp January 26, 2012 at 06:02 PM
that would be better right across the street in the old post office
Scamp January 26, 2012 at 06:03 PM
don't forget Mario's pizza is in an old carvel
Scamp January 26, 2012 at 06:06 PM
i'm sure the neighbors would love that.... why not a bar with outside seating so the neighbors can have beer bottles on their lawns and deal with drunk people - wait there is already one of those down the road
Amy Waldhauer January 26, 2012 at 07:09 PM
The old Texaco station at the corner of 25A and Elwood/Reservior is now a doctor's office. How about something like that? Daytime hours, quiet clientele, and cash flow that could support the rent.
Mary January 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
A place with quality child care at affordable rates for working parents
Elise Autz January 26, 2012 at 09:59 PM
What we don't need is another drug store or bank . We already have one on every corner.....
Ladyhawke January 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM
With very little open space available, it would be nice to see the building demolished, and a pocket park developed with plants and seating for all to enjoy.
Jason Molinet January 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I'd love Pudgies!
whaa January 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM
taco bell
Scamp January 27, 2012 at 01:40 AM
thats called kindergarten, oh wait we only have 1/2 day
Scamp January 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM
i agree!!! driving up to Jericho is just not the same
Arlene Mohr January 27, 2012 at 02:07 AM
KFC or a New Taco Bell .
The Brock January 27, 2012 at 01:27 PM
You should have posted a picture of the old post office. I see they tore down the Accountant's house and I hear, and I hope it's not true, another bank is going in the house spot??? Please don't say it's so. A nice restaurant for the old Post Office would be nice.
Leah Bush (Editor) January 27, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Hi The Brock, the old post office will be our next one. I'm trying to find out more about what it's going to be because I believe someone is interested in it.
Jason Molinet January 27, 2012 at 08:26 PM
We've gotten tremendous feedback on this. Anyone remember sitting in the drive thru line at midnight?
William Payer January 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Ms. Bush: Your own article: http://northport.patch.com/articles/variances-granted-for-larkfield-restaurant-plan Best to check with the application before the zoning board.
The Brock January 28, 2012 at 05:16 PM
You know what that would bring more of...
The Brock January 28, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Chris, I have to agree with you on every point. I don't want East Northport to be looking as shabby as it's becoming....
carole January 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Contact: Anthony Aloisio Director of Planning & Environment 100 Main Street Huntington, New York 11743 Phone:  (631) 351-3196 Fax:  (631) 351-3257 E-mail: planning@huntingtonny.gov
Rob January 29, 2012 at 04:58 PM
The way the road is going it will be a check cashing joint, with a nail salon of course
Gil Harris February 27, 2012 at 07:37 AM
I see a lot of diner posts. In the late 50's Mr. Tuttle built the West Wind Diner there. The East Wind was built in Kings Park. Years later the West Wind burned down and the Taco Bell was built. The East Wind in Kings Park has many name changes in its history.

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