Builder: Old Hi-Lite Diner Site Will Be Best Looking Corner in Port Jeff Station

Building finally beginning on TD Bank and another structure to be decided.

Saying it will go from one of the worst corners in Port Jefferson Station to one of the best, developer Jim Tsunis addressed the Port Jefferson-Terryville Civic Association at their monthly meeting on Tuesday night to update members on work at the southeast intersection of Old Town Road and Route 347.

Planned for the site is and another structure to be decided later, although right now, the plan is for an office building unless the community can come up with other ideas.

Jimmy Hernandez, a representative from TD Bank, told Patch in May of 2011 that construction will begin on the store "some time this summer" and it'll take about four to five months to build.

That never happened.

In the meantime, another TD Bank has been completed this spring on a piece of property across from Heritage Park on Route 25A in Mount Sinai.

Civic vice president Laurie Green said the delay was due to a long process in getting the required permits from Brookhaven Town. Now that the permits are in, it seems that construction crews have broken ground and building is under way.

A sign on the property has been advertising that the bank is "going green." Hernandez said that means the it will be based on TD Bank's green store design and built to be an energy-efficient building, targeting LEED Gold certification.

"The store will also include a solar drive-thru canopy that will produce about 20 percent of the building’s annual energy needs," said Hernandez.

The new store will also have feature a Penny Arcade coin-counting machine for customers and Sunday hours just like other TD Banks in the area.

The property has been considered an eyesore by residents since the Hi-Lite Diner burned to the ground back in January 2010. Since that time, a wooden structure left on the property was resulting in the arrest of two people.

Tsunis said that a 14,000 square foot office building planned for the site adjacent to the bank is still open for debate, asking the civic members for input into what the community would like to see built there. Other ideas included a drug store although across the intersection there already exists a .

“He would like suggestions from the community as to what we would like to go there,” said Green.

She also said that civic members are working on the details for a sign donated by Tsunis as a token of his appreciation for community support for the project.

“Jim offered to purchase a much desired ‘Welcome to Port Jefferson Station-Terryville’ sign,” said Green. “Our Beautification Committee has worked hard in coming up with a suitable design and together they will build an equally appealing landscape design to bring that intersection to life.”

Edbo April 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Aren't there enough TD Banks in our area? Gees...enough is enough!
mary ann April 28, 2012 at 01:38 PM
When you are driving East, there's no Burger King on that side of 347. You have to drive West to the north side in Stony Brook which is not convenient. I think of all the people coming home from work who'd like to stop for bite or a coffee/soda, and the moms with their kids who'd like to take them out after the mall, sports, etc. I know there's Taco Bell down further and Dunkin Donuts, but they are not burger places. Yeah, I know Wendy's is further East but not everyone wants Wendy's. That TD corner would've been perfect for Burger King as there's is none on the south side from Hauppauge East. Even after 112, it's a long way to go to get something fast to eat or take home on the South East side of 347. Just an observation.
Tom G April 28, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I agree with EDBO. When is enough enough. There are too many banks in our area already!
Americanivory April 28, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Here's a novel idea - go home and cook a meal! The last thing PJS/T needs is another eatery on 347!
Edbo April 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Toronto Dominion Bank is very aggressive with brick and mortar....they build branches everywhere without concern to their neighbors, Town planners always approve their applications, not only in Brookhaven, but all the other towns on the Island. Now they say "going green" makes them environmentally friendly. Brick and mortar does not equal profitability. They built a branch in Northport on 25A on a small lot right on top of the road in a busy intersection.
sam April 28, 2012 at 05:42 PM
i would love to open up a Red Mango in that location!!!!
Matthew Lott April 28, 2012 at 07:06 PM
The commercial Banking business has, basically, dried up in Canada. TD just isn't a bank, because these banks are open 7 days a week, the employees spend up to 30% of their time selling other services. How Canada's TD Bank Is Invading U.S. Market "Given the U.S. economy's struggles, TD's expansion is risky. Still, the U.S. is a tempting growth market for Canadian banks, since their home country has a saturated retail-banking market with no opportunities to consolidate because of government restrictions on big bank mergers." http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904253204576510590825735486.html
LImomof5 April 28, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Ive heard that the approval for the building on that site was really not "above board"....it is all about who knows who and who pads whose pocket the best.....
LImomof5 April 28, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I would rather have seen a fast food place there before a bank also.....or a Dairy Barn....but a bank.....really dont need one right across the street and with in walking distance of another.
Michelle Ryan April 29, 2012 at 01:32 AM
As a mother I agree with a fast food place. How about we put a Sonic there. I know they have been looking to place one on Long Island so maybe this could be the place.
Matthew Lott April 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Apparently Mark Lesko and the Town Board member for these districts, aren't...ahem...convinced about "too many banks" ! But if you were trolling for campaign contributions, and whatever, you wouldn't either as the Town pays a pitifully low general employee wage !
mary ann April 30, 2012 at 12:44 AM
WoW! I'm glad I got everyone's opinion going!! Awwwright. Some good ideas. I'm tired of banks taking up all the space too.
Louis Antoniello May 01, 2012 at 01:12 PM
We have enough eateries/fast food restaurants on Nesconset Highway in the Terryville and Port Jefferson Station Area. Our area is over 90% built out, that means we have less than 10% of our space left. If something must be built, it should be something that we need and put to a vote at a Civic Meeting. Terryville Preservationist
Mary Caraftis Schook May 01, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I see nothing wrong with a TD bank. A Dairy Barn is a good addition to the bank, since they are putting up a second building. We do not need more unhealthy fast food places, there are other options.
Matthew Lott May 01, 2012 at 04:08 PM
IF TD's unusually rapid expansion in this Country, meets our stagnating Economy, head on, they won't be here that long. Don't think they are not trying to change the laws in Canada, their own country, to expand their business. As always, the only person who "makes out" on a real estate deal is the owner of the property, and the Local Pols who get a "taste", down the line, of the transaction.
Britannic1 May 02, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I have to agree with Louis Antoniello's statement. We already have more than our share of business establishments in our area along Rt 347. Also, the additional traffic that the proposed businesses will create is certainly not needed at that intersection. If TD Bank wants to really be "green" why not put in something decorative such as a small park?
Darryl J Martin May 03, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Darryl J Martin May 03, 2012 at 05:06 PM
we already have one in the village.OPEN A BURGER KING!!!!!
Darryl J Martin May 03, 2012 at 05:08 PM
we don't need a bank!! ar4en't there enough of them already.I would lkove to see a burger king at that location
Joan Nickeson May 09, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Encore, encore, Britannic1- I agree with you on the park idea and intend to suggest they do so. I wrote an article/opinion on sustainable landscaping-working with nature to create a beautiful landscape, one that will last into the future (sustainable)...about and, like parks, the benefit of trees and shrubs, mulch, pea gravel, etc., rather than blacktop and sod, etc. I HOPE to suggest a path, within some of the treed landscape at TD- for whomever- customers, employees, visitors, etc. the article was posteD on the patch last week and wil soon be in the paper. http://portjefferson.patch.com/articles/letter-a-case-for-sustainable-landscaping
David June 04, 2012 at 10:34 AM
How about they build a Terryville Fire Department museum?
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Like Jimmy at the Hi Lite used to say "Eh, vre malaka!"


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