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Anti-Sonic Fliers Passed Around East Meadow

Sonic officials respond to the verbiage in the document.

A flier has been passed around East Meadow to try and dissuade locals from supporting the of Sonic, the popular fast food chain that's yet to open its doors in Nassau County.

The letter, which is titled "Protect the Aesthetic Integrity of Your Community and Your Home Values, Stop Sonic Drive Thru from Opening in East Meadow Plaza," highlights negative reactions that the writer, who was not disclosed, believes will have on the local community.

Here are some of the points:

  1. High capacity parking and off-street parking creating transient traffic at all hours and people in the parking lot at all times of night. This will make this center, which is already suffering from vagrancy, even more vulnerable.
  2. The center has no security and has not done any maintenance in ages. Who will patrol to be sure these customers are not in area streets parked in front of residences?
  3. More must be done to enhance this center that is a focal point of our community. Before they even consider a fast food drive thru where people eat in their cars in a parking lot, they should consider more stable tenants that can bring value to the community. The amount of jobs a drive thru, eat in the parking lot and loiter establishment will bring, is negligible.

Sonic officials released a statement in response to the flier, listed below:

"SONIC has been delighting customers for nearly 60 years and has over 3,500 drive-ins throughout the country. The East Meadow SONIC will be a typical SONIC Drive-In with drive-in stalls, a patio and drive-thru. We hope that our investment in the SONIC will enhance the entire center.

Our signature Carhop service is part of what differentiates SONIC from other restaurants; our crew members look forward to getting to know their customers’ favorite menu items. As with every SONIC opening, we develop a traffic management plan in coordination with local officials to ensure there is a constant flow and traffic is managed without disrupting the surrounding area. High traffic volume is usually a short-term issue.

SONIC has been a good community partner in North Babylon. We have received tremendous support from local businesses and residents, and our Limeades for Learning Program, which funds teacher-requested learning projects at local schools, was a great success in North Babylon.

East Meadow is an excellent location and a great community to build another drive-in. We look forward to providing new jobs for community residents and increasing the tax base to better the community. SONIC is excited at the opportunity to become an East Meadow community partner.

An adjournment to the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce at the recent on Jan. 25. The new hearing date is set for March 7 at 2 p.m. at the town’s Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead.

Do you agree with the points made in this document or are you excited for the potential of Sonic coming to East Meadow? Tell us in the comments.

Neighbor February 23, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Patrons of Aura/Savannah Club/Zacharys DO NOT RESPECT THE NEIGHBORS!!! They leave litter and park on the side streets so they look like they are walking home after patronizing these establishments!!! Some even sleep in their vehicles after a fun night at these establishments!!!
det2659 March 02, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I attended last night meeting regarding Sonic coming to East Meadow. I am all for an improvement at this dismal parking field of horrors. To hear the bleating by some seemingly for, but yet opposed to Sonic was some of the most ridiculous diatribe I ever heard. Have those people never parked at a Wendy's and had to walk from their car to an entry door? Were they in fear of their lives, and would they have this same feeling at Sonic to walk to a patio area? Traffic E/B on Hempstead Turnpike will always be a disaster. If lane X can hold 400 cars will Sonic now make this Lane X hold 600 cars and increase traffic? Simple and logical answer is NO!!! And to attempt to take a poll as to who has eaten at a Sonic, when, where, was totally ridiculous and had no bearing whatsoever on the subject at hand. Would that person then ask the same about every other fast food establishment along Hempstead Turnpike? I wish I was able to stand up with the folks from Sonic and answer some of the question posted. Some people should learn to breath through their nose for a while. All I can add is GO FOR IT SONIC!!!
Chuck March 02, 2012 at 03:15 AM
A friend of mine who was at the meeting did say that the people from Sonic did a real terrific job on all of the community concerns about Sonic being in the neighborhood. He also told me that questions from the audience were unusual and were grasping at straws to say no. Did someone really mention that Sonic may cause jaywalking across Hempstead Tpk to get to Sonic from the park? Sorry I missed the comedy.......
paul March 22, 2012 at 02:44 AM
The official release by the BZA has not yet been distributed. As stated by another writer it was not yet typed up for mailing. I was given the same response today in person at the TOH. If the decision is something that can be reasonably appealed I am pretty sure an attempt will be made. Keep writing/blogging all your positive comments. The right people are reading them... When an official response is received please feel let the BZA know how you feel....
paul October 06, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Found this on the TOH website... 951/12. - 954/12. EAST MEADOW - Callahan's Restaurant Corp., Special exception to use part of premises for place of public assembly & amusement (cabaret, live music-indoors & dancing); Special exception for outdoor dining & special exception for accessory use (outdoor bar & storage); Variance in off-street parking; Maintain 10' high fence., S/E cor. Hempstead Tpke. & East Meadow Ave., a/k/a 1964 Hempstead Tpke. (S.E.Q.R. determination not made).... I am sure the TOH will deny this request too. As they should..... Sonic Billy Deans etc.....

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