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Public Hearing for Proposed Route 347 Gas Station

Smithtown Planning Board will hear plans to build a new gas station on the Route 347 on Wednesday night.

Plans for a newly proposed gas station on Route 347 will be presented to the public for the first time on Wednesday night. 

Smithtown Planning Board will host a public hearing on plans to build a gas station and convenience store on the northwest corner of the Route 347 and Route 111 intersection in Smithtown 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Citizen Center. 

Bolla Operating, a Melville-based group, has requested a change of zone from R-10 residential to neighborhood business on 0.48 acres along the northwest corner of Route. 347 and Route 111. Bolla is looking to demolish the abandoned auto repair garage and a two-story home.

According to plans, Bolla is planning to build a 10-pump gas station with room to fuel up to 16 vehicles and a 1,200-square-foot convenience store with small offices and a storage area. This $1.5 million project will require the new business to install two 15,000 gallon underground storage tanks to hold gasoline and diesel fuel. 

A traffic study conducted for the project by Stonefield Engineering and Design, dated Dec. 24, 2012, concludes that "the proposed development would not have a signficant impact on the traffic operations of the adjacent roadways." It estimated the new gasoline station would generate less than 1.5 percent of the overall traffic on Route 347 and Route 111. 

New York State Department of Transportation has recently widened the Route 347 and Route 111 intersection as part of its Route 347 greenway project. Route 347 has had an additional lane added in each direction, expanding to three-lanes each way. Route 111/Wheeler Road had the addition of a turning lane on the southbound side, with it temporarily continued on the opposite side of the intersection before two lanes merge back into one. 

John M. January 17, 2013 at 08:14 PM
DOT just made the improvement to rt 347 to expidite the traffic flow and now lets add a gas station to slow it down. And to the person who wrote they would stop at the new station to get coffee, I say try getting up ten minutes earlier and make your own or at least stop at your local deli and keep them in buisness.
Nick Klissas January 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM
NYSDOT should have acquired that property as part of the 347 improvement program. There's no way that traffic stopping into that patch of land right beyond a traffic light at the corner of the two busiest highways in Hauppauge would not affect traffic. Just imagine the confusion of westbound 347 traffic seeing car making a right turn into the gas station just past the intersection. It will certainly lead to confusion, if not rear end collisions. Why NYSDOT is so passive on property taking is beyond me. This was a no-brainer. Even better would have been an underpass for 347 right at that point.
We Heart Long Island January 18, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Nesconset Dude = SIMPLETON
deana scot February 22, 2013 at 05:24 PM
If a condo was built, I would definitely buy. Hauppauge is such a great place to live, good schools, low taxes and great location. What do you think, any builders interested?
swataz April 14, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Nah lets debate this for a few years so we can continue to have a boarded up eyesore on that corner generating zero revenue instead.

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