Should Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals Approve the Commack Hess Plans?

We've like to hear your opinion on Commack Hess's plans to build on the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Harned Road.


Commack residents are awaiting to hear whether Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals will approve 17 zoning variances requested by Hess in order to build on the Jericho Turnpike and Harned Road intersection. 

Patch reported last week that  building a 12-pump gas filling station and 1,230-square foot convenience at the former Shell site. Many expressed concerns about traffic safety and the 17 variances requested setting a bad precedent for future businesses on Jericho Turnpike. 

We received an outpouring of comments and emails from residents saying they are in support of the project, wanting Hess to build in the community to help bring competition for lower gas prices and get ride of the eye sore the former Shell station has become. 

"There are a half dozen closed up gas stations in Commack along with 50 or more boarded up/vacant retail stores. We need any new business we can get," wrote Frank.

One BZA member told Patch that they are a bit insulted that many residents feel like the board members have already made up their minds on the issue. He said given the community's division, he was unsure how to cast his vote and would have to carefully review each and every one of the 17 variance requests one by one, plus their overall impact on the community. 

Yet, the BZA member felt that Hess could bring something to the Commack area by bringing in a new business.

We'd like to ask: Do you believe the BZA already has made its decision about Hess? Should Hess get blanket approval for its 17 variances, or would you be willing to see a Hess built with fewer zoning exceptions? Or, do you still hope Hess will not build?

Tell us in the comments below. 

MMIGDOL October 18, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Well said Todd , I could not agree more with your assessment . I rest my case !!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the final thought on this matter . Nothing could be closer to the truth than your statement ...................BUILD IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Will October 18, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Amen Brother !!
Maria October 20, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I don't see any lies - you seem to speak the truth based on what I read of your posts. But then again I'll be called Mitchell now too. Get over it people - move on already - this will be a done deal. Find your next project to take issue with.
MMIGDOL October 28, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Btw the only gas station for miles and miles on the south side of RT 25 is the Gulf , we need at least another 4 on the south side of RT 25 between Commack rd and Willets Path . Maybe they should all be Hess , CASH/CREDIT same price .
Elenore Fick February 19, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Yes cash and credit same price but self serve and what happens when Gulf is out of business the price goes up and does anyone know how many accidents there are at that intersection. I would not have a problem if the parkway exit was not there. It is going to creat a problem. People trying to pull out pull in make left where they are not suppose to. They do it all the time into Friendly's. It is a safety hazard


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