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Village Board May Consider New Conklin Street Zoning

The village board meets tonight at 8 p.m.

With a , the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees may rezone certain properties in the next several months to accommodate that type of business.

While there is no plan to discuss Conklin Street zoning on the agenda for the Dec. 5 meeting (see the full agenda in the gallery to the right), some village residents are mobilizing to prevent new zoning designations in that area.

"We, the residents, are strongly opposed to new zoning and would like to inform and invite as many residents as possible to come to the meeting and voice their opinions," said resident Cristine Defelice, who lives in the area that would be affected. "Having restaurants where they aren't needed brings a variety of problems including noise and garbage pollution, not to mention rodents, potential chronic smells as well as drunk and disorderly conduct right in our own backyards."

Some residents expressed concern at the October board meeting, saying that Conklin Street is too residential for restaurants to open in the vacant bank properties. Mayor Starkie was sympathetic to the concerns, suggesting an impromptu visit to the restaurant group's other eateries.

“Let’s take a road trip and visit Tellers unannounced,” he said. “Let’s see how they clean up and where they put their dumpster.”

This debate comes as the village and as the board recently to allow apartments to be built over stores.

"We have to show the Mayor and the board that while they are trying to boost the Village's economy, they should not be able to do it at the expense of the citizens and our quality of life," Defelice said.

Do you want restaurants to be able to open on Conklin Street? Tell us in the comments.

Victor Calderone December 05, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Dunkin Donuts,Mcdonalds and Friendlys are on 109 so I cant see why opening a restaurant on Conklin, where a Bank once was , is an issue.
Tanii C. December 05, 2011 at 01:43 PM
So the residents would rather leave the area vacant? How does that help Farmingdale with its host of empty store fronts? There is nothing interesting for young families to do in South Farmingdale. Maybe some new blood and not another fast food/chain/American food joint would help the community attract younger couples with children.
Dennis Winkler December 05, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Vic and Tanni, i couldn't agree with you more!!!
James M. December 05, 2011 at 03:24 PM
This sounds more like NIMBY. Conklin/Hempstead Turnpike is a major street. There are very few houses on the street so the people complaining are on the side street. The vacancies on Route 24 aren't going to get better. Ms. Defelice's comment ""Having restaurants where they aren't needed brings a variety of problems including noise and garbage pollution, not to mention rodents, potential chronic smells as well as drunk and disorderly conduct right in our own backyards." is a non-starter. We do need restaurants there to increase interest in Farmingdale. A high end restaurant would increase traffic flow from 135, 109 and 110. There is noise from the restaurants on Main Street but the residents there don't seem to have these problems. It is disingenuous of Ms. Defelice to claim the issues will occur when in fact she has no idea what will happen. She's making stuff up to scare resident's without thinking big picture
James M. December 05, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Everyone please go to this meeting and support these necessary zoning changes to Route 24. Look at East Meadow, Levittown and Bethpage, they have commercial space up and down Route 24. We have at least 10 vacant spaces on Route 24. A restaurant can easily hire 20 people with many of them local. 10 Restaurants can hire 200 to 300 people and bring in much needed revenue to Farmingdale. Otherwise we can keep the status quo and turn into Elmont. It's our choice. Ask yourself if you want to help Farmingdale grow or are you going to be an obstructionist to helping Farmingdale and the residents of Farmingdale pull itself out of the recession.
Dale from Farmingdale December 05, 2011 at 05:36 PM
"Restaurant" can mean a lot of different things. What exactly is "high-end restaurant group?" A big casual dining chain, like TGIF? We already have Chilis, Houlihans & Applebees...I imagine "high-end" precludes fast food, which is what some are concerned about. Having lived both on Conklin Street and on surrounding Village streets, I have never once had a problem with vermin, garbage, drunks or excessive noise...from dining establishments. Don't really see the problem here, but do see a way to increase local business and new jobs for residents. J. MARSHALL: Sorry, but I can't figure out what NIMBY means...please clarify. Thanx.
James M. December 05, 2011 at 05:43 PM
NIMBy = Not In My Backyard
Amanda Fiscina December 05, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Hi Dale, You can find out more info about the interested restaurant group here: http://patch.com/A-m8P1. They own several steakhouse/seafood type restaurants that tend to be more upscale.
Michael December 06, 2011 at 01:10 AM
J. Marshall hit the nail right on the head... "Look at East Meadow, Levittown and Bethpage, they have commercial space up and down Route 24. We have at least 10 vacant spaces on Route 24. A restaurant can easily hire 20 people with many of them local. 10 Restaurants can hire 200 to 300 people and bring in much needed revenue to Farmingdale." As soon as you pass Sarant Cadillac you see a big change in route 24... We need these businesses to bring $ and jobs to F'dale... There used to be a KFC... Now an eyesore. And so many more run down, fenced off lots. Remember all the bad press Super Stop and Shop got? Now look at it. Parking lot always filled with cars, traffic not the horrible mess everyone thought it would be, and it's filled with people I recognize as Farmingdale residents WORKING!!! I bet the people who were originally against it now like to shop there!! Why when innovative people talk about improving Farmingdale do we always have the negtive people try to shoot it all down? I am for anything that improves Farmingdale's quality of life and it's standing as a fine Long Island community to live....
Rosemarie Stauber December 06, 2011 at 12:20 PM
All of the above writers - Vic, Tanii, Marshall, Michael - it's people like you that Fdale needs to be vocal, in your knowledgable, effective way - to bring improvement, progress, and much needed changes to our town. Without this effective progress, we will just have more empty storefronts and less tax revenue - instead, this would bring in potential new business revenue and the additional available jobs that these businesses would create. This is the change that Fdale needs. A upscale place would add, in a positive way, to the assortment of dining establishments already here. This place would bring new people to have reason to visit our village - and would encourage them to visit again and shop here as well. Hey, maybe one of them has their own business and may want to rent one of the current empty storefronts on Main St. In my opinion, this idea should be viewed as a positive one. What does everyone else think?

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