Who or what will move into the former Sunoco station property at the intersection of Merrick Road and Babylon Turnpike?
Many in Merrick have been wondering this for some time. The gas station has been defunct for years, and all that’s left in its place now is a barren, fenced-in lot and a partially boarded-over, crumbling building — a rare eyesore in Merrick, next door to American Legion Post 1282, adjacent to a residential neighborhood and across the street from well-maintained businesses and Levy-Lakeside Elementary School.
A local civic association leader, an elected official and a businessman told the Herald Life that others had informed them that a new 7-Eleven franchise may soon stand at the vacant corner. The Herald Life was unable to confirm the information before press time.
The deed for the property, on file with the Nassau county clerk’s office, shows that Merrick Gulf Service Station Inc., the Sunoco proprietor, sold the land last June to AJM RE Holdings V, LLC. AJM does not appear to maintain a website. The only contact information the New York Department of State’s online Corporation & Business Entity Database lists for AJM is a Great Neck post office box. The deed lists only a Jericho mailing address, which appears to belong to a stock trading firm, Schonfeld Group Holdings LLC, according to several business websites. Representatives of Schonfeld and a Jericho law firm involved in the sale, Braunstein Turkish LLP, were unavailable for comment on Tuesday.
A sign with a phone number for the Sabre Real Estate Group hangs on the fence that surrounds the property. Nicole Sims, a Sabre client services coordinator, said Sabre is no longer offering the property for sale.