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Zoning Board Still Mulling Northport 7-Eleven

Northport residents challenge convenience store location, citing traffic at Waterside intersection.

7-Eleven may be in the business of convenience, but several Northport residents challenged the location of a proposed store at Thursday's Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, citing traffic concerns. 

7-Eleven operates more than 44,000 stores worldwide and 14 locations within the Town of Huntington. Its latest proposed location would be erected on the corner of Waterside Ave and Route 25A on the site of Nocello’s restaurant.

Board Chairman Christopher Modelewski told Alfred Amato of the Amato Law Group, which is representing 7-Eleven, Inc., that he appreciates his creativity, but his client is entitled to the town’s consideration.

Many of the public’s concerns brought up at the Town Hall meeting dealt with the traffic at the intersection of Waterside and 25A, namely supplemental traffic and entrance point concerns, especially during the weekend and school hours.

“That intersection is a hazard,” said Lisa Manderano, of Dune Court in Northport. “In my opinion, we do not need another 7-Eleven.”

Betty Shran, of Northport, observed that the increase in traffic at the intersection is a result of 7-Eleven being an all-day convenience store; Nocello’s was open mostly in the afternoon to night.

Others who voiced their concerns were preoccupied with school children’s safety. Jody Yodice, whose firm represents the Northport-East Northport School Board, says that many children will be affected walking to school. “Some children have to cross 25A [to get to school],” Yodice said. “7-Eleven is a distractive nuisance.”

Denise Kunitson, of Waterside Avenue, is the one of the few who addressed that she is in favor of the 7-Eleven. “As far as 7-Eleven goes, I’m all for it,” Kunitson said. “It’s the worst corner; it’ll help fix the area.”

Jennifer Hecker, of Hill Street, is concerned with the amount of litter that will be invading her property. Hecker reported that litter from the nearby McDonald’s and Starbucks have had an impact on the value of her property; 7-Eleven will only highlight this issue.

“It’s going to change the character of the neighborhood,” Hecker said.

Modelewski conclusively granted 7-Eleven's request and will be open to a limited opportunity hearing, time and date TBD.

Tyson February 18, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I always regarded 7 eleven as a pickup truck, smokers mentality place with cheap fast food and a quick pickup for late night beer runs. Not a classy place at all, you sometimes think the south has moved to New York when you see some of the clientele. Keep it in east northport for now.
R Derr February 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM
"Modelewski conclusively granted 7-Eleven's request" and that is because Modelewski and Northport and Huntington are getting more from doing business with businesses and do not worry about homeowners. You have to wish they would put up a 7-Eleven next to Modelewski's house.
Jason Molinet February 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The request is for a hearing.
Rob Onion February 18, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Wow, what a comment closure Tyson. Why is it ok to have 3 7-11's in a row in East Northport but not ONE in Northport?
Jason Molinet February 18, 2012 at 01:39 PM
For those wondering if there's void to fill...There's a late night option in Northport -- Dairy Barn. And an all-night option -- Metro Gas Station. Not to mention a 7-11 a quarter mile south on Laurel.
John February 18, 2012 at 02:36 PM
What is the problem?The resident tax payers overwhelmingly DO NOT Support another traffic generator on 25a and Waterside Ave.So say NO to 7 Eleven!
Tyson February 18, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Have you seen the clientel at metro gas, and East Northport isn't Northport, just like chevy isn't mercedes, just a fact. Let the beer drinking, fast food smokers go elsewhere. All the people that go to 7 eleven look like they are on unemployment anyway, I wonder does 7 eleven take food stamps. Really, I don't want them near Fort Salonga or the town of Northport. Yes, I am a republican. If I wanted to live in Islip, I could have bought a house for $50,000 ten years ago and did that.
marnee February 18, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I happen to love the coffee selection at 711. By the way I am not a trucker.
Rich S February 18, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Remember what the Cow harbor inn looked like ___ maybe a boarded eyesore would look better To you folks who don't want to change the character of the town__ or give a hard working business the right to be free to choose a way forward __Or maybe a strip club would be better for you and easier to approve___ wow what happened to freedom here
Not a trucker February 18, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Wow Tyson, you have not had so much to say since the New Year's Eve stabbing in your upstanding neighborhood of Makamah!
Jason Molinet February 18, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Truckers don't like 25A...
Katie Kenney February 18, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Wow Tyson u sound like a major snob. So u never go there for the convenience of a last minute item such as milk, ice, beer. That part of northport is not classy just old. I dont see anything wrong with a new 7s. I agree it can be dangerous but thats why there are crossing guards there for the kids. M
good guy February 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
If it is voted down, maybe a quality restaurant would buy the spot ? Something like the new steak house up the block next to Bank of America.
Nelsan Iklaknow February 19, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I hope they pass it just to upset all your snobby northporters
Kirk February 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Personally, because I live across the street from this location, I'd much rather see another resturant aquire this property before a 7-11. I do not look forward to the noise and litter this will generate. It WILL affect the quality of life in the immeadiate area around this site not alone the value of our homes. Yes, this sounds NIMBY like but I feel I should have some say on anything that will affect my property. They are proposing to make substantial variance changes to allow this to be developed and I don't feel this is the right choice. Irv has the right to sell and retire. I wish him and his wife well but he should sell his business to an estabishment that is appropriate for this location such as another resturant that closes at 1am on weekends like they do now.
Scamp February 21, 2012 at 03:47 PM
@rob onion - because it is "Northport", they put their name on the train station but not the garbage dump
Frankie Baccalà February 21, 2012 at 04:21 PM
We might like to open a Gentleman’s club in that spot. We think we would get a lot of business during the day from the VA and in the evening from the fine men of Northport, the "Neck" and Asharoken . Of course this would be a high class establishment all the way. No biker bar we promise.
carole February 22, 2012 at 03:41 AM
@KaRIN, please check the site you are citing...this property is in the Township of Huntington, NY (not Huntington, MA). Huntington does have code regarding, but it is not as simple as what you posted above. Frankie just has to hire a good lawyer and stand in front of the ZBA, I am sure he can pull it off!
Karin Stucchio February 22, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Town of Huntington, NY http://www.ecode360.com/7231551?#7231523 § 198-71. Location restrictions for certain uses. C. Adult establishments, as defined hereinbelow. (1)(c) Location of such uses in relation to residential and other areas where youth may regularly assemble and/or congregate, the general atmosphere around their operation and their downward impact on property values, resulting in disinvestment with concomitant social and economic deterioration, is of great concern to the Town of Huntington.
Todd Harris February 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I live close by and would not mind a 7 11 one bit. No, not truck driver or beer drinker. Good tax revenue for Huntington. The TD bank is a conveniece and looks fine. Everyone was up in arms. We don't get to bar businesses on the snob factor. Wishing for a fancy restaurant when restaurants are having a hard time is wishful thinking. No problem from my Northport viewpoint.
john February 28, 2012 at 06:00 PM
isnt Gunthers in Northport??!!

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