Town Board OK's Checkers on Sunrise Highway

Neighbors complain that restaurant will cause traffic snarls and damage quality of life.

The has given the OK to build a  on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa over the objections of some area residents.

The board voted 6-1 Tuesday to approve the applications by the company to allow the Checkers to be built at 5100 Sunrise Highway. Council member  cast the only "no" vote.

As they did at a public hearing almost a year ago, several residents in the vicinity raised concerns about noise, garbage and additional traffic stemming from the new restaurant, which would not be unlike others in the general vicinity.

The application for a "special use permit" was filed by 5100 Sunrise Highway, LLC, the fee owner and Nassau Burger Corp., the tenant, to to operate the restaurant in a free standing building.

At the hearing last February, several neighbors told the board of late night drinking parties and general trouble-making in two parking lots separating the highway from a residential area.

Checkers wants to put up a drive-thru on one of the lots, the former site of a Hess gas station. At Tuesday's meeting, residents again raised concerns that their neighborhood's quality of life will be affected by noise, traffic and additional lighting.

In discussions with the owners and operator, Hal Mayer, the town's environmental consultant to the supervisor, said the firm was willing to make concessions to its neighbors. It agreed to strictly police its garbage, install a 6-foot high barrier fence between its parking lot and another lot that abuts the  neighborhood, and dim its lights during late night hours.

Mayer cited the town's environmental study of the project. He said the report indicates the restaurant will not "measurably change traffic patterns in the area or the character of the area," which already has several fast-food restaurants in the vicinity.

"The use is consistent with what we have up and down Sunrise Highway," Mayer said.

Macagnone, who lives in Farmingdale, seemed unconvinced. In several questions to Mayer, Macagnone expressed doubt that the restaurant would have only limited impact on area residents.

A chief concern of residents is that it will attract a rowdy late night crowd, particularly on weekends, when the restaurant is slated to be open until 2 p.m.  and Mayer said Nassau County Police and the town's Public Safety patrol have agreed to keep additional watch on the area.

Macagnone questioned whether Nassau police, already under threat of closing precincts because of the county's fiscal woes, would be able to keep an eye on a single restaurant in one part of the sprawling county.

Franken Harpo January 18, 2012 at 12:46 AM
It will probably die on the vine just like Quiznos and Jake's Way Back...both in the same area. Not much there at Checkers, eh?
Massa January 20, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Yes this is a commercial zoning area,but do we really need another fast food place in Massapequa? Mcdonalds,burger King, we have a mall with a food court and Seaford already has a list of fast food places.The concern to all the people who live in the area is that the parking lot behind the new checkers would be a problem with noise and garbage.Checkers is open until 2am and it has 2 drive throughs with only a few tables to sit, the parking lot behind it will be fenced and not seen from the road. This was brought up at the towm meetings and was said that Nassau Pd and TOB public safety would patrol the area more and take care of any problems.Where do you think all of the cars with teens who want to hang out are going to go? Lets have some common sense here. This isn't Queens or Brooklyn,I have lived here my whole life,and we don't need these changes to the area.
TOBAY CORRUPTION January 20, 2012 at 04:57 AM
I agree with Massa. If you know this area, a Checkers is not needed nor does it fit in. The Burger King a few blocks down is completely DEAD every time I drive by it. No one goes there. I don't even know how they're still in business. There is also a Checkers not even 5 minutes up on Route 110. Why would they put another one so close??? If you're putting it by the Mall, that's one thing. But this is too close to Massapequa Park, where there are ZERO fast food restaurants. This is criminal by the Town of Oyster Bay. Of course, they will probably vote down the Oyster Bay Mall, because Massapequa has to carry all the commercial biz in this corrupt Town (Oyster Bay).
DM July 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
But it's starting to look like Queens or Brooklyn. Have you noticed the increasingly poor conditions along this stretch of roadway- Garbage, unkept medians, overgrown weeds, broken glass, deteriorating roads, etc, etc. It's a disgrace. Sunrise Mall is becoming a hotbed for crime. Where are our tax dollars going for crying out loud? The Checkers issue, although a valid one, is probably the least of our problems, and it's not getting any better.
paul July 12, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Brooklyn and Queens have nothing to do with it. If it was either of the two you would be in much better shape...


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