Planning Board notes
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Planning Board notes


BAY SHORE—Applications for two proposed taverns in the hamlet were reserved for further consideration at the last Islip Town Planning Board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Tim Mattimore, attorney for Angelo Crisci, spoke on behalf of the application to request a planning board special permit to operate a wine bar in a Business District. Site-plan modifications were requested. The business would be located on the northeast corner of East Main Street and Fourth Avenue in Bay Shore. Although the permit is listed for a bar/tavern/nightclub, Mattimore said it would only be a wine-tasting facility.

“The main emphasis isn’t on food,” he noted, adding that only prepackaged food would be served.

“We are not a bar, not a nightclub, not a restaurant,” assured Crisci. “We’re not looking to do spirits.” He added that only New York wines and products would be sold there.

A planning board member asked why there had been two site plans for the property, which dates back to 1950 as an office rental. Also in 2017, a plan was submitted for a mixed-use facility. The board reserved decision to review previous permit grants.

An application filed by Enda Finlay was requested for a planning board special permit for the northeast corner of Clinton and Bayview avenues in Bay Shore in order to operate a bar/tavern/nightclub in a Business 1 District. Site-plan modifications are also required.

The building, which is now vacant, is located in an area where there are several other such establishments and across from the Bay Shore Marina. However, there are only seven parking spaces allotted on site. An individual who spoke on behalf of the applicant noted that the plan is only for a small bar and grill, not a nightclub that would draw large crowds and loud music. However, local residents who spoke during the meeting said they are still concerned about noise and mostly parking, as it would generate on-street parking.

“Parking is very tight now in that area,” said local resident Peter Zendt, who was one of a few residents voicing concerns about the proposal. “This is a residential area…and is not in the best interest of the neighborhood,” he added.

The board reserved decision to evaluate the parking situation and buffers.

The next planning board meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6.