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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.

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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