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Updated: Town Says Burger King is a No Go on Route 347 Property

Inspired by activism, one resident joins civic association to become more involved.

Residents who live behind on Route 347 and fought against there can breath easier now that Brookhaven Town has decided not to grant the company a change of zoning or a special permit to build on the property. of the fast food restaurant, citing concerns about increased traffic and pollution.

The Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association announced the move by the Town on its website and it was confirmed by civic member Laurie Green in an email on Monday.

Brookhaven Town Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld said that community input did have some influence in planning analysis along with recommendations in the previous Hamlet study developed by the civic association (PDF). The change in zoning type proved to be the real deal breaker. The business also required a special permit for the use of a drive through window.

He said that the Town Board has the ultimate authority on these decisions and elected not to consider the change at the work session meeting on Thursday.

As Fiore-Rosenfeld explained, changing the zoning from an auto dealership that closes in the evening and is not open all weekend to a 24-hour business running seven days a week, which is what the developers of Burger King wanted, was going to be much more of a nuisance to the community.

“I was pleased the board went along with it,” said Fiore-Rosenfeld.

An attorney representing the fast food company had not yet returned a call at the time this article was published.

Cindy Hartnagel who lives behind the property at 4869 Nesconset Highway and was a vocal opponent of the project said by phone on Monday that she was excited and surprised when she heard the news.

“I was shocked to hear when it was done that they weren’t going to proceed with it.” she said.

Hartnagel said that the process allowed her to see firsthand the power of a community coming together to voice its opinion. She was so impressed that she vowed to become a member of the civic association.

“We’re going to be active now,” she said of herself and her neighbors who joined her in the fight.

Haig March 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
There goes another 30 or so jobs down the drain, because someone didn't have foresight, and bought a house that backs up to a commercially zoned road. Why didn't they think of that when they bought the house. It's like people who knowingly buy a house next to a firing range, and then try to have it closed down. Now were stuck with some more commercial blight.
Captain March 05, 2012 at 09:04 PM
honestly i was thinking the same thing Haig but didn't want to say it.
John March 05, 2012 at 10:11 PM
While I agree that buying a home anywhere near 347 is a horrible idea, I can't agree that another fast food restaurant in that stretch is a good idea. The traffic there is already miserable, and there are constantly close calls with people either slamming on their brakes to pull in to the existing restaurants or cutting off traffic pulling out. I'm sure if you look around there are plenty of jobs to be had in the area.
John Juhasz March 05, 2012 at 10:38 PM
All good points. BUT . . .now what? An empty lot? More Blight? What IS a good proposal? Any ideas? Ramp has been there for years. MANY cars coming and going - it was after all a car dealership with a shop. Is there a difference from a Burger King? Perhaps Burger King could create a bigger buffer and things may be even quieter. Who knows? need to get the details and then make a determination. Just asking.
John March 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Or maybe it would be like another Taco Bell and the parking lot would be full of high teens and 20-somethings all night. I guess we'll never know now. There are plenty of empty former restaurant buildings on 112/Main St that BK could rebuild, and they'd actually get foot traffic...and probably robbed as well, but that comes with the area these days.
Nicholas Santangelo March 06, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I Am So Upset, I Wanted A Burger King In Port Jefferson Station So Bad, It Would Create Jobs And Revenue. To Have One More Restaurant Here Would Not Be That Bad. I Have To Drive To Stony Brook To Go To Burger King Now. I Hope That They Will Rethink It And Put Burger King In Port Jeff Station.
Nicholas Santangelo March 06, 2012 at 03:09 PM
You Are So Right.
Nicholas Santangelo March 06, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I Want Burger King Too, It Won't Make A Big Difference Anyway, We Still Have Traffic Now.
Americanivory March 06, 2012 at 04:36 PM
These homes were built in 1961 - many of the neighbors are original owners. So, they would not have even known that 347 would be the commercial hub it has become. This is not an empty lot, Ramp Ford has a Service Center on the property right now, they wanted to lease the property to Burger Brothers to build the Burger King. No one was against Burger King in our town, just not that location because the proposed restaurant would be less than 50 feet from the neighboring backyards with noise, lights,fumes (car and food) and it was propsed to be 24/7. The intercom system would be in the back of the building which would back up to the neighboring homes. No one wants that in their backyard. We have the car wash and Ramp Ford which uses very loud intercom systems, but these are during normal business hors and no one is asking them to leave! There were many suggestions at the Civic Association meetings to Burger Brothers and Timothy Shea for them to utilize the many already blighted properties in our town: North Shore Lincoln Mercury, 84 Lumber, Jack in The Box, Thomas Dodge, just look around our town and you can find many properties that are begging to be revitalized. Now all that being said, if you folks felt that strongly about this situation you had the opportunity to come to a civic assoc. meeting and voice your opinion, easy to complain after the fact. Next on the agenda is an 840 unit multi housing proposal at the golf course. Would love to see you at the next meeting 03/27!
Nicholas Santangelo March 07, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Boo Boo To The Town Decision.

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