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Sound Off: What Changes Does Sonic Proposal Need?

Share your thoughts on what Franchisee Spencer Hart needs to do to gain the BZA's approval.

When Sonic Drive-in was rejected by the Hempstead Town Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), residents against the project have voiced concerns with traffic, garbage and parking as primary concerns against bringing the fast-food restaurant to East Meadow.

Now, Sonic officials are working on a new plan to get the eatery to the former Rita's location on Hempstead Turnpike, and they told Patch that details will be available soon. 

Spencer Hart, the franchisee who also owns the North Babylon location, sought approval last year for eight variance applications. These included special exceptions to install a drive-thru window and use a portion of the premise for outdoor dining, as well as variances for off-street parking. 

Additionally, they were asking for permission to install 24 menu board signs under two proposed canopies, install a drive-thru preview menu and regular menu board and install a speaker and confirmation screen system for the drive-thru.

We want to know. What do you think needs to be in the plan to change the BZA's minds? Tell us in the comments section below.
Susan November 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM
First of all, to Community Servant, there is NO East Meadow Board. The Board involved in the decision about Sonic is the Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals. East Meadow has nothing to do with it as a village. We just have a few residents who get a bugs up their tushes and never stop complaining. Secondly, a few of you seem to be confusing the Town of Hempstead's politicians with those of Nassau County. The Town of Hempstead has NO control over Eisenhower Park which is owned by the County. You can definitely blame Kate for the departure of the Islanders but you cannot blame her for the building of the ice rink in Eisenhower. The ice rink was Ed's idea. I actually think it's a great idea. It will bring more people and therefore more money to the area. And you can't blame Ed for Sonic. How these two were even re-elected is a mystery to me! I was in favor of Sonic from the beginning. I understand a lot of the BZA's decision had to do with the loss of parking for Zachary's and Aura. I couldn't imagine Sonic would cause such an impact until a few weeks ago. I went to hear a band at Callahan's and when I left around midnight, the parking lot was jammed. I think the closest empty space was by Modell's! I really was surprised. But this is not a reason to not allow Sonic to open. They don't own the lot! Maybe they just need to make Sonic a little smaller? Who knows what the answer is? I hope they open. I'm tired of Hempstead Tpke being "Pawn Shop Tpke.". We are truly turning into the "East Ghetto" that people joked about!
robert November 21, 2013 at 02:43 AM
I am still hoping for a Sonic, but in the meantime, try the Roadhouse burger at Checkers. You won't be disappointed.
Brent M. November 21, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Sonic wouldn't make a difference because its near Aura.. If I remember, Aura started off as BUTTLES... then went to CHELSEA STREET.. then SAVANNAH.. now its Aura.. still by the same owner?? So a club that keeps changing its name because its doing so well -definitely should have a large say in a SONIC being built! ... I also just heard the old supermarket next to Modell's is asking $55,000 a month rent.. yet it needs major fix ups?? if this is true, how can you blame business for not wanting to pay that..
FedUpRealist November 21, 2013 at 08:44 AM
How's that HOPE & CHANGE thing treatin' ya'll???

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