A petition has been launched against an application to put a 7-Eleven in a long-abandoned location on Plandome Road.
The site is a former mechanic’s shop at 260 Plandome Road that owner David Mandel separated into stalls and offers to rent for commuters taking the Long Island Rail Road, with the Manhasset station directly across the street.
An application for a conditional use permit for retail and food use has been filed with the Town of North Hempstead’s Board of Zoning Appeals, though no hearing date has yet been set.
Created by resident and activist Mary Kay Barket, the petition has so far amassed 743 signatures.
Barket continued that “a 7-Eleven will negatively impact our Manhasset quality of life and character of our downtown neighborhood,” citing an increase of cars on Plandome Road “at ALL HOURS of the day and night…including many that will make a LEFT turn entering and exiting from Plandome Road.”
“Any increased traffic further endangers our community – both pedestrians and drivers,” Barket wrote.
Some users of the site left comments expressing distaste for the application.
“24 hr access to beer and tobacco products is wrong in this location, too close to schools and the train,” one anonymous user wrote. “Plandome Rd is dangerous and this will make it worse.”
“There are other places to go like the convenience store where you buy Mobil gas opposite Macy’s without taking away from the hometown feel of Plandome Road,” another wrote. “If 7 Eleven goes in, what’s next? McDonalds? Pizza Hut? Other communities do a better job of maintaining a local feel like Great Neck and Old Roslyn. Manhasset should follow their lead.”
“Let the [Town of North Hempstead’s] Board of Zoning Appeals know that a 7-Eleven is not welcomed on our main street,” Barket wrote. “A Town BZA public hearing is not yet scheduled, but we need to act NOW and STRONGLY to oppose this application!”