Wendy’s still an issue
Artist rendering of the proposed Wendy’s in Islip.

Wendy’s still an issue

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
11/19/2015


ISLIP—It’s been a sensitive subject for the past couple of years on whether or not a Wendy’s restaurant with a drive-through can be built in Islip. The first application on this item was denied in March 2014 only to be resubmitted earlier this year. However, a final decision could be made tonight at a change of zone meeting.

The application for change of zone from Business 1 District to Business 3 District is for the property in Islip located on the south side of Montauk Highway, 615 feet east of Degnon Boulevard. A special permit is requested from the town board for the item that includes site plan modifications.

Residents of the area crowded the change of zone meeting when this application was first brought before the town board. They expressed concerns about noise and light pollution as well as garbage and the increased traffic it would generate, especially for the residents who live directly adjacent to the property in a trailer home community. However, they were mostly worried about the fact that it would be located directly across the street from the Islip Middle School and the high school, where it would be a major safety hazard for children. “I’m frightened for everyone’s children and everyone’s grandchildren,” said Islip resident Kay Erwood.

Barbara Ross, a resident of the area, said at the time, “I’d rather see a medical office or a small business office [there] that won’t impact the area.”

Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt responded to the many remarks by saying, “I have concerns about the potential impact on the homes to the west and the family business to the east, not to mention the school and students across the street. It is my opinion that this is not a good use for this particular parcel.”

At the most recent planning board meeting though, Steven Bertolino, attorney for the applicant, J. Nazzaro, said that changes were made to the original application that addressed residents’ concerns. Although that meeting ended in a reserve decision, it was passed during a subsequent meeting, leaving it to the town board to make the final decision.

The meeting with the town board will begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Board Room in Islip Town Hall, 655 Main Street.