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Letter to the Editor: Appalled Regarding Sonic

One resident doesn't understand why some locals object to the idea of the new business.

Dear Editor,

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.

Susan March 15, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Timmy B, just an FYI, the owners said that there is positively NO SMOKING allowed on Sonic's property at all. I'm betting the people who complain the loudest will be the first ones on line when Sonic opens!!! LOL.
Pam K March 15, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I'm all for it. It's time to fill that area with more than a Halloween store and make East Meadow a more prosperous community. Heck, we have three 7-11's, two Burger Kings and plenty other fast food joints.. Checkers, KFC, Taco Bell.. and I think at least 9 Chinese places? (I miss Arbys & White Castle...) Why not Sonic?? Keeps the prices better with competition!
Brent M. March 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Thanks Susan.. I know you know what I was trying to say.. lmao.. I say we should bring IN AND OUT Burger hear too!! Or even open a JAMBA JUICE!!! Just do something with the property!
Gene March 15, 2012 at 01:11 PM
It's good to see so much support for sonic. I encouage all those in support to express it to the BZA on their website. This is a good thing for East Meadow and the shopping center. Far better than the pawn shops and tatoo parlors!
paul March 15, 2012 at 09:39 PM
It is good to see all the support for Sonic. Can not wait to see the first shovel go in the ground. All the local politicians will be there for the ribbon cutting and the photo opportunity. Even the ones who were not in favor. Go figure...... Build it soon and build it now....... Limeades by July... Sounds good to me....
Susan March 15, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Which local politician isn't in favor of Sonic?? I didn't get that impression from the ones I've spoken too.
paul March 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
It was in jest. They come out in droves for that all important photo op....
Susan March 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Still not funny. (That's how rumors get started). :)
paul March 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM
It is still a photo op.... ;o)
paul March 15, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Appeals are done all the time. It is all part of a process. Once the findings become disclosed to the owner an appeal process will start and phase two of the process will begin. I am sure it will all be resolved and a successful business will be born. Limeades in July may now be August. We will have a Sonic... I will sip to that.
Michael Ganci (Editor) March 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
BREAKING: BZA Rejects Sonic's Proposal for East Meadow Location http://patch.com/A-rB61
Susan March 16, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Wow, it must have been because of that bag of garbage that Bill took pictures of. LOL. Paul is right. It's all a give and take like in any good negotiation.
Jenn March 16, 2012 at 01:57 AM
@ Cat - on your rant you forgot: Blimpie, 2 Subways & KFC From what I gather, you want to blame fast food companies because you didn't have self-control. Does that mean that since there are 3 7-Elevens, 2 CVS, 2 Walgreens, 1 Rite Aid, 1 Walmart and so on... All of them selling cigarettes - should we be concerned that this may promote more smoking? Are you forgetting that there are no less than 17 fast food places in Westbury, 14 in Garden City, 7 in Levittown, 3 in Carle Place, 5 in Uniondale. All of this and you are concerned with 1 Sonic? You mention bookstores - where? Borders that's gone? You think Barnes & Noble wants to open here when they have 3 within 6 miles of here? Or did you want a small bookstore like the one forced to close it's doors in Levittown not to long ago after so long in business? You mention music - big ones like the failed Tower Records or Virgin - or do you prefer the smaller, independent closed stores like Mother's Music, Long Island Sound, Titus Oaks, or even Empire Records? YMCA you say......like the 65,000 sq ft facility in VA that encompasses 3 city blocks, or the Rockaway one being built at 44,000 sq ft on 2.2 acres, or like the 44,000 sq ft in OH. Where do you intend to put this? That's just as silly as a prior suggestion to build a storage facility there - Way to support the existing businesses! I have an idea - why don't you rent it and make it what you want? hmmmmm.....food for thought.
paul March 16, 2012 at 03:14 PM
To all: Keep this link alive. It speaks volumes....
Jenn March 16, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I thought for sure you would have commented on what I said yesterday :)
paul March 16, 2012 at 08:43 PM
To Pat Maher: You stated to Newsday: "The board did their due diligence in investigating the issues presented to them and apparently, found fault with the application presented by Sonic," said Patricia M. Maher, president of the Merrick Avenue Civic Association, who opposed the plan. "I believed that Sonic hadn't presented sufficient information and studies to be granted the application." Please tell us all how the application process works? Why dont you tell us all the reasons it was declined, since no one else does yet? It says Political agenda all over it........
Rina Cohen March 16, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Hi all, I was one of the first to object to Sonic on this forum. Now, after a couple meetings and my attendance at the BZA hearing, I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND! I now say, go for it SONIC. East Meadow needs you and the other business you are likely to bring here! Also, I visited the North Babylon Sonic last Saturday. In fact, I had lunch in my car. Here's my take on the food - it's fast and pretty good. It was fun eating the "tater tots". The place - very clean. The carhops - as pleasant as they could be (I loved watching them skate around, brought back memories). I had a slight problem with my payment card and they had someone come out to help me and they did that pretty fast too! There was a bit of traffic backup but not unlike any other joint of this kind. The only thing I did not like were the flags around the blowing in the wind. I am hopeful that is temporary. Okay, I'm done for the moment. Everyone have a nice weekend. Try Sonic!
paul March 17, 2012 at 02:05 AM
To Rina Cohen: Your comment is a breath of fresh air. Try to post it on all the Sonic stories..... You need to be heard... Hope the owner can count on you and many like yourself to pursue the appeal process and move forward. It is never to late. The current naysayers should be embarrassed and hold their heads low. VERY LOW...... Ahhh Limeades are just around the corner. I can taste them now......
paul March 17, 2012 at 02:24 AM
To Jenn: ;o) Once again you are on target..... Cat has no clue as to what would really work. Clueless in East Meadow..... Thank you for explaining all the facts to Cat....
Pam March 17, 2012 at 03:20 AM
My son used to travel to Jersey to get a Sonic burger. I've never had one and am looking forward to enjoying one along with the nostalgic feel for this. I hope Sonic will be reconsidered. I also we need to reiterate that this area NEEDS LIFE! It's beginning to look like a slum area by day. If it weren't for the night life this parking lot is just a vast open area for vagrants... and where, not too long ago if you all remember, was the place a police officer had to shoot a man to his death. And agree that this venue just might spark more interest for other venues and revenues to follow, therefor alleviating some, even if it's a little, of the tax burden we residents are feeling by having a prosperous business for all to enjoy.
paul March 19, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I as well as everybody else are waiting for the official ruling from the Zoning Board. We will be hoping that the owner does pursue the issue if at all possible. Myself and a group of others are planning as well on how to fight the TOH and their small minds... As most of you can see I have been in the forefront and very outspoken about wanting this project to get off the ground. It is not that tough. We are just very persistent.... Stay tuned...
paul March 22, 2012 at 02:42 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....
marianne krause March 24, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Cat, you as a teacher should know better sometimes it cheaper to eat at a fast food place then it is to buy a box of cereal (which usually is laden with a ton of sugar). Do you understand that a lot of families are just about making it and perhaps those kids do not have the benifit of a parent home to make sure they are eating right or that they simply cannot afford healthier foods this is by no means a perfect world and forget about trader joe's that place is so high priced and no better then any other store
paul March 25, 2012 at 02:52 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 May 24, 2012 at 02:31 AM
https://www.change.org/petitions/sonic-drive-in-restaurant-for-east-meadow-is-the-right-choice-tell-the-town-of-hempstead-bza-they-got-it-all-wrong
jeff June 29, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I am tired of looking at fat and obese people. Enough of high calories. Whole foods is great. Helps with good nutrition and median the carries from overusing the insurance industry and state funds for nedicaid.
Frank T June 29, 2012 at 06:03 PM
To Jeff, Move to North Korea, they have a chubby dictator that keeps his people nice and thin. No obese people for you to look at except for the dictator.
Jenn June 29, 2012 at 07:44 PM
They need to add a "like" button to these threads!
paul June 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
To Jeff: first - don't look... second - Whole Foods helps with good nutrition.????? Nonsense anyone can buy sensible food to eat ANYWHERE if they choose to.... third - I bet everything you buy says Organic, right?? and if so that means what? That's what I thought. I have asked shoppers who purchase an item just because it says organic and I get the same answer, its organic... duh. But why...... Again the genesis's do not know. OK enough on that...
jeff June 29, 2012 at 10:53 PM
For most people being fat is their fault. Not everyone but most. Either they have issues they need to work on or they are not too smart.

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