Planning Council calls for revisions for planned Starbucks patchogue due to safety concerns – GreaterPatchogue
The Village of Patchogue Zoning Appeal Board has turned on a drive-thru and reduced parking for the proposed Starbucks Patchogue, but security concerns still prevent planning council approval.
Acting Planning Council Chairman Kevin Weeks, reading a letter from ZBA President Nick Fuccillo dated Tuesday, said the ZBA had determined that a special permit could be issued for Starbucks’ drive-thru , because it is “of the same general character as those listed as authorized. uses in this area ”, and meets special requirements for use.
Members of ABH Realty, representatives on behalf of Starbucks, appeared before the Planning Board for an hour, agreed to implement new safety features for the building they plan to construct at 159 West Main Street and the surrounding site.
The Starbucks location is being planned for the former Bargain Bilge property.
The Planning Council concluded that developers should add a speed reducer at the end of the drive-thru, erect fences along West Main Street to prevent access by dangerous pedestrians, and submit a copy of a soil test of the site, interior floor plans and elevations before they can make a decision.
The board’s requests will amend ABH’s most recent sitemap submitted on April 21, which included a wide range of features to address the various security issues addressed by the ZBA and the general public. Most notable is a new pedestrian crossing connecting the public sidewalk on the eastern edge of the property to the front of the building.
While the crosswalk provides customers with a safe route to access the front door or walk-in window, several Planning Board members felt that this would not be enough to keep people – children out of the way. and teenagers in particular – to cross the parking lot in front of the exit at the wheel of the sidewalk adjacent to West Main Street.
The Planning Council and ABH believe that the fence along West Main Street will prevent a dangerous entry to the front of the building and an accident.
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The revised plan also includes a side door and lane for employees to access a dumpster when cars are parked, a slow car surrender sign taking over the back yard, a stop sign, and a line at the end of the drive-thru and a bike rack at the southeast corner to reduce bicycle traffic on site.
The sidewalk on West Main Street has also been altered in an effort to address concerns from ZBA and the public about drivers making left turns in and out of the premises.
Tuesday night’s meeting featured 30 minutes of public commentary, most of which stemmed from an argument with Starbucks, a company, entering a village with an appeal to small towns.
Weeks noted, however, that village officials cannot exclude Starbucks from the area on the grounds that it will be out of place or harm local cafes.
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