I have been following the events leading up to the BZA hearing about Sonic.
Opinions have been stretched to the imagination as to why this business should not be given a green light.
I am appalled pictures of garbage on a street at the North Babylon Sonic were presented as some sort of disapproval or would increase jaywalking across the street from the park.
I am appalled to have heard at the BZA hearing a person(s) stated they were not aware of an information packet about Sonic when in fact they handed out that same booklet at a civic association meeting, and was also viewed electronically at another meeting at or that the traffic study may be one sided and flawed.
I am appalled that the owner of two night clubs complained that the footprint of Sonic would take up to many parking spaces or his misconception on the size of the parking areas.
I am appalled people have said that Hempstead Turnpike can not handle any additional traffic or be unable to make a left turn from a side exit.
I am appalled there was no outrage about an additional tattoo shop and Cash for Gold locations opening in East Meadow or offended that they were told Hempstead Turnpike was designed for traffic.
I am appalled that people think it is their business that the owner of the property wants to lease an area of this gigantic parking lot or would be a hangout before it is built.
I am appalled some think this is their business as to who the owner of the property leases to or that the owner who is willing to invest in the community has to fight for that right before he even has a chance.
The list can go on.
Some residents chose to have East Meadow Plaza remain a blight in the community. I hope that the owner does get the variances approved and then off to the next step.
I am appalled that there will be some angered by this response.
Think about how you may have destroyed the chance of a major franchise to invest in the community. Commercial real estate agents may not make the plaza a priority for any tenant.
Sonic would be a springboard for other businesses to call East Meadow their home.
This letter was written and submitted by East Meadow resident Paul Daniel.