Zippi Delivery withdraws special-use permit

Originally sought permit for property on N. Windsor Ave.

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The company that was looking for a special-use permit for the property at 348 N. Windsor Avenue in Brightwaters has withdrawn their application.

Zippi Food Delivery sent a letter to the village around 3 p.m. on Friday Nov. 12 notifying them of the application withdrawal, village mayor John Valdini said. Valdini noted that the village first began hearing of Zippi’s possible application withdrawal on Wednesday when the landlord of the property called saying the prospective tenant was having second thoughts.

In a letter sent to the village planning board, Zippi stated they are a mobile app for food delivery. Zippi planned to use the property on N. Windsor Avenue primarily as an office with a test kitchen in the back, where chefs could speak to restaurant owners around the country and consult with them on their menu and help them create new menu items.

Food made in the test kitchen could then be ordered by customers in the surrounding area for takeout. Zippi founder and CEO Tom Gounaris said because the test kitchen is small, only a relatively small number of orders from the test kitchen would go out each day.

At the public hearing on the issue on Nov. 1, residents expressed concern about where employees working at the office would park and how much traffic would become backed up from drivers picking up takeout orders.

After the meeting, a petition was created against Zippi moving into the property and signed by over 100 residents. Valdini said the village received zero calls on the issue and only received one letter, which was the petition. The board of trustees had been set to vote on the issue on Nov. 15.

Other notes

At the Village of Brightwaters Board of Trustees Working Meeting on Nov. 15, the board approved payment to the Bay Shore Fire Department for 2021 Fire Protection with insurance in the amount of $321,025. The amount was originally budgeted for $344,473, but insurance came in less than estimated. The board also approved permission to pay Sit Back & Relax for pruning work down around the lakes in the amount of $7,000.

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