Planning board notes
Artist rendition of the proposed building renovation for 136 W. Main Street on the corner of Ocean Avenue.

Planning board notes


ISLIP TOWN—At last Thursday’s meeting, the Islip Town Planning Board reserved decision on the application for special permits to renovate a building currently used as a bagel shop. However, the application for the Auto Mall in West Islip was approved so that the business could run a car wash on the premises.

 The Auto Mall is located on the northwest corner of Sunrise Highway Service Road and Udall Road. The application, which first came before the board at a public hearing on Sept. 3, was met with complaints by neighbors who were upset about noise currently coming from the site and concerned that the car wash would exacerbate the situation. 

The attorney for the applicant, Vincent Messina, said the car wash would only be used for cars kept on the premises. He said his client has reviewed the planning department’s recommendations and has agreed to those suggestions. The business now plans on installing mechanisms and materials in the car wash that would mitigate some of the noise.

David Busch of Busch Associates, an architectural and engineering firm in Bay Shore, spoke on behalf of the applicant The Sweeney Building Bay Shore, LLC, which is located on the southwest corner of West Main Street and Ocean Avenue in the hamlet of Bay Shore. The application requested a special permit for a mixed-use building in a Business District with site plan modifications.

The 100-year old two-story structure, which was originally the site of the First National Bank, is currently the site of the Bagel Café on the first floor, with office space on the floor above. The building sustained significant damage a year or so ago when a motor vehicle crashed through the facade. The owner of the property, William Sweeney, would now like to complete restoration on the building, but in lieu of office space on the second floor, would like to include four apartments. An application for this plan was approved in 2006, but was then deferred for financial reasons.

“We’re basically here to request the same application,” said Busch.

This application includes seven parking spaces, which the applicant believes is adequate given the number of municipal lots that are in close proximity to the building. Busch also noted that the renovations would include many historically accurate improvements. “We’re taking the building back to the original [design],” he said. He added that the proposed project already received a letter of approval from the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore.

“I’m happy to hear about the… renovations,” said planning board member Joe DeVincent. However, noting that since the back of the building appears “dilapidated,” he asked if restoration would also include work there. Busch said the back of the building would be improved as well.

The planning board reserved decision to further review the application and work on site improvements.

The next planning board meeting will take place on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Islip Town Hall Board Room, 655 Main Street, Islip.