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Sonic BZA Hearing Postponed for Second Time

Request for adjournment was made by the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce.

The East Meadow based Sonic Drive-In will once again have to wait for its day in front of the Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).

An adjournment was granted on the hearing after it was requested by the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce at . The new hearing date is set for March 7 at 2 p.m. at the town’s Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead.

Ted Rosenthal, counsel for the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce (EMCC), said that they asked for the adjournment because they have not “had an opportunity to review the application.”

“We want to know far more about what is going on in that whole shopping center,” he said. “It is a big application and we need an opportunity to review it, so we asked for the adjournment so that we could sit down with the applicant and their lawyers, find out what their proposal is, and see whether this will be a benefit for the businesses in our community.”

Additionally, Rosenthal cited the chamber’s concern about “numerous” violations in the shopping center — East Meadow Plaza — Sonic would be calling home. Though it is not part of the application for the BZA, it does come as part of the entire process, he said.

“We have a huge concern with the shopping center as a whole because there are presently a great deal of violations that exist against the property as a whole – some very dangerous – and it appears that at the present time they are really not being addressed and, for the safety of the businesses in the community and the residents that come to the area, we need to have those addressed as well,” said Rosenthal, noting that where are “about 75 violations.”

Sonic’s attorneys, William Cohn and William Bonesso, said that they do object but “understand” the request for adjournment. Both parties agreed on the March 7 meeting date.

“It gives us an opportunity to explain the application to them and respond to whatever their complaints might be, assuming there are,” said Cohn about meeting with the EMCC.

BZA Chairman David P. Weiss said that the board is aware of the violations at the site. He “strongly urged” Sonic’s counsel to discuss the situation with their client as well as the property owners. He said that the board “likes to look at things as one whole,” not as individual pieces of information.

“So whatever can be done to alleviate those issues, because you know that will affect the potential consent, or at least agreement, of the community as far as this application goes,” he added.

“The violations are a totally different thing – it affects the shopping center, it has nothing to do with Sonic,” Cohn continued. “At the same time, the board made it clear that they would like to see something done about it. We will do everything we can in that regard.”

Sonic will work with the property owner to make sure those issues are addressed, Cohn added.

Weiss said that no official notices will go out to notify people on the new hearing date, but it will appear on the town’s website.

Jenn January 26, 2012 at 01:55 PM
“The violations are a totally different thing – it affects the shopping center, it has nothing to do with Sonic,” Cohn continued. “At the same time, the board made it clear that they would like to see something done about it. We will do everything we can in that regard.” ------------------- The violations are NOT different just because it's in a different part of the property. It is still part of the same property. If you had a building falling down on one side of a lot, I doubt you'd get permission to put up a playground on the other side. Not to mention, in my eyes the property owner doesn't deserve to make money off of Sonic unless he is addressing the violations that he has right now. If he doesn't have the money to do it, and needs Sonic's money to correct the violations - then make that a part of the proposal in writing so the public can verify that it will be done.
Jon L. January 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
The ever powerful East Meadow and Nassau Chambers are looking to railroad this whole process. What is the tie that links them to the Hempsetad and Nassau GOP machines? Folks like Rich Bovine (spelling noted), Gary Hudes and everyone's favorite real estate shyster Teddy Rosentahal. It all started when Mao tse Murray and Gary Hudes sent out their little "informational letter" saying that the issue was coming up before the Zoning Bard of Appeals, that they have "no control over" LAGEST LIE EVER! Joe Mondello has control over everything. If the good folks at Sonic made their tithes to the Nassau and Hempstead GOP I bet all these problems would go away. The GOP wants nothing to do with Sonic and they have made that clear from the get go. Instead of shaping public opinion Madam Supervisor and the Councilman should listen to public opinion before rushing judgment. On a side note, shame on that useless fool John Rocco for not addressing the other violations in a timely matter. That sack has all the time in the world to put up his STOP WORK ORDER stickers on residences that were repairing or replacing after fire and water damage but no time to get over the East Meadow Plaza? The Hempstead GOP machine keeps their friends fat and puts the screws to anyone who is against them. Bring back the East Meadow Flick, and put one of those fancy dinner spots with a nice wine list. Just to stick it to the Supervisor.
paul January 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
AS I read the below statements from the above story: Ted Rosenthal, counsel for the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce (EMCC), said that they asked for the adjournment because they have not “had an opportunity to review the application.” “We want to know far more about what is going on in that whole shopping center,” he said. “It is a big application and we need an opportunity to review it, so we asked for the adjournment so that we could sit down with the applicant and their lawyers, find out what their proposal is, and see whether this will be a benefit for the businesses in our community.” NONSENSE.... They have had plenty of opportunity to review it. Why wait until the date and time to cancel the meeting? If there have been other issues with the shopping center it should have been addressed already in another forum since it is a separate issue. Something smells rotten in Denmark or should I say East Meadow. Who is sleeping with who? *****************
val January 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
This is the best news ever. Why not forget the postponement and just go move to Massapequa. Why tie up Hempstead tpke with yet another fast food chain. Between the park traffic, and then this, it is a disasterious nightmare. How will an ambulance get by? Go back to New Jersey. You don't belong on Long Island. We are too crowded as it is.
val January 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM
for all the idiots that think this is great to bring revenue and employment to east meadow, guess you haven't considered that Sonic will hurt every mom & pop store and also bigger venues like McDonalds & Burger King. In the big picture, it would be a disaster for east meadow, especially NUMC. Have you seen what Sonic has did out east? It has backed up traffic for miles on Deer Park Ave. When someone dies because the ambulance can't get through, we home you enjoy YOUR FAT BURGER. It doesn't belong by a hospital. There are plently of other places to put it. Go to Island Park...there are plenty of empty lots there. I
Jenn January 26, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I know you can't be speaking of anyone who replied to this post so far - since not one person who has responded here has stated their support or lack thereof. We have only mentioned the points that were brought up in the article.
paul January 26, 2012 at 05:29 PM
To jenn: I think you had to much caffeine this morning...... ;o) How on earth would it hurt a mom and pop stores? Just the opposite. Small stores are hurting because there is nothing near them to bring the traffic flow to them. Sonic, if approved would be an asset to the community. Mcdonalds and Burger King don't worry about them they will not be hurt by it either. They are #1 and #2 two in their business fields. Ok lets say they open a furniture store in the shopping center and every weekend they gave away prizes and raffles and super discounts. I am sure this would bring even more traffic than a Sonic would on any given day. Sure it belongs by a hospital, there are plenty of employees that would benefit from another local eatery.
paul January 26, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Are there two different Jenn's? Jenn and a jenn???
val January 26, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Paul - obviously you have never taken any kind of business courses if you think this would not hurt the mom & pop stores. Thank God there are more intelligent people who will be making the decision, and not YOU!
Jenn January 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Yes Paul - there are two - me and "jenn" -- I have the trees for my icon.
val January 26, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I think Paul & Jenn with the trees have no life so post away, I'm out of here. Enjoy your burgers and when you have clogged artieries, I hope for your sake, the ambulance can get through. Peace out.
Jenn January 26, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I have no idea why you feel the need to be so nasty, I did nothing to you. Your anger is misdirected. Have a nice day!
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 26, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Keep it civil please, folks. Thanks.
ROBERT January 26, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Wow Jenn ( without the trees ) you are embarrassing yourself. A Sonic would be fine for that location which is set off Hempstead Tpke inside the parking lot. I really doubt traffic will be backed up for miles and I'm sure an ambulance will have no problems getting by . I don't eat fast food but there are plenty of people who do. A Sonic would create jobs and tax revenue. That's much better than having an abandon building which has been an eyesore for that location for so time now. To call people idiots over their views of an incoming business shows your intelligence . People will agree and disagree over certain business buts that's life. Sonic will go thru the application process and if they are denied , I think it will be a mistake and East Meadow will have to look at an abandon building for years to come.
Bill Alderman January 26, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Wow, A Big J Jenn and a little j jenn too on the same blog response, who'da thunk it ? I hear there's a Michael Ganci in North Bellmore, New Hyde Park, Mineola and one who dresses up like Mario from Nintendo...which is not as confusing.
paul January 26, 2012 at 09:15 PM
To jenn (with a small j) Can you please tell me what mom and pop locations that are similar to Sonic that would be hurt by this business? The answer is: NONE Economics 101: more volume better for the other types of businesses. I think it would benefit for example the stationary store, the clothing store, sporting goods store, packaging location, and yes even the small restaurants in the center will also benefit from the exposure. So to little "j" smart minds like me do make some of these decisions. But when we do we look at all the economics etc, that go with it.
Brent M. January 27, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Did anyone else here Food Mart 25 , across other side of Hempstead Tpke is closing tomorrow?? and enough with the Sonic is going to stop and cause the death of because an ambulance cant get through!!! Really.. so if an ambulance is coming from out East, and hits the traffic heading west. the SONIC on the other side of the medical center is responsible for that ambulance getting caught in traffic from the other side?? And if I remember ... arent there large mediuns that run from about Hooters all the way to the medical center that an ambulance could ride should traffic get busy??? Just asking.. just words
Brent M. January 27, 2012 at 04:53 AM
and where is that SONIC INFO sheet.. was it ever mailed to Mr. Ganci????
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Yes, I have the info sheet. There will be a story about that next week. Thanks!
Brent M. January 27, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Nice .. ! Thanks Mr. Ganci!! .. and just a quick question for whoever thinks MOM and POP stores will be hurt by 1 Sonic.. um.. how many 7-11's are in East Meadow?? and I believe one is theoretically in North Belmore across the double yellow line of north jerusalem.. so dont you think these could possibly be bigger problem to Mom and Pop stores. . How many 7-11s do we need in East Meadow.. just asking.. just words..
Yankee1996 January 31, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Bring in the Sonic! Don't let those dinners win out! Then bring something into that old paint store. I suggest a Hunter Learning center or some type of profesional training company.
Gene February 11, 2012 at 01:32 PM
That shopping center needs a lift. Sonic would be a good addition and the added traffic will help get activity back into that corner. I think that will help the other businesses. Roy Rodgers was accross the street for years with no problem. Maybe this will get the landlord to fix it up, since now its an eyesore!
paul March 25, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I was appalled when I read the Newsday article about the BZA decision on Sonic. Everyone should write a letter letting the Town of Hempstead BZA know that you were appalled about their reasoning on the decision. Please let them know that they got it WRONG. Do not let anyone tell you it is too late to send in a letter. If it is appealed then you will be one step ahead. Please write a letter and send it in. The TOH MUST know how you feel. WRITE THAT LETTER........ Board of Appeals One Washington Street Ground Floor Hempstead, NY 11550
paul October 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
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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