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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Residents contest reopening of gas station
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Howard Schwach/Herald
The Hempstead town board is still considering two applications to reopen the Malverne Park gas station by Snuggle Ventures Inc. — which wants to rezone the property and install four new gasoline storage tanks — while waiting for further testimony.

In the event that the board approves the request to rezone the station, Frauenberger asked that officials should enforce certain restrictions in terms of its operation, particularly limiting its closing hours to 8 or 9 p.m. on weekdays and 7 or 8 p.m. on Sundays, the noise level at its location and the size of storage tanks to their current capacity. If these conditions are violated, Frauenberger wrote the town should impose severe penalties, such as a suspension of the station’s permit to operate for one month along with other fines.

“Malverne is known as a special place and a charming village with a character all its own so close to New York City,” Frauenberger concluded in his statement. “My goal, our goal, is to keep it that way.”

While some residents have protested the station’s reopening, other Malverne Park neighbors have taken advantage of its convenient location on their block.

John Baldacchino, 37, who lives on Morris Avenue, claims that he hasn’t been bothered by the prior use of this property, especially in the months after Hurricane Sandy, when the station’s mechanic supplied gas for residents.

“You can complain about it but there are perks at times,” Baldacchino said when asked about recent debate on the station. “The main thing to ask is ‘What’s the alternative – an abandoned gas station?’”

Town officials are still deliberating about these two applications and are waiting to receive further testimony from Snuggle Ventures Inc.

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