While the Hess Corporation announced earlier this week it was quitting the retail gas business, that won't affect the Hess currently under construction on Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station.
Andy Lautenbacher, Hess Corporations' northern permit manager, confirmed Friday that the construction and plan will continue as expected.
The plan has been well received by many residents, as well as the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association. President Ed Garboski said that even though the company may eventually sell, he is pleased with the development of the property.
"They're still taking an eyesore and are going to build it up nice, so whoever gets it - I have no objection to any one of them taking it over," civic president Ed Garboski said. "If you look at those Bolla Markets, and Mobils, they do a nice design."
Many others had voiced support back when the plan was initially discussed a few years back, stating that the property had become blighted.
“People are breaking into structure and setting up residence,” he said at an October 2011 Brookhaven Planning board meeting. “We feel this is a safe plan and we’re for it.”