Stop & Shop plans moving ahead

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An architectural blueprint for the renovated Stop & Shop, which Fox obtained from the town and displayed at Monday’s meeting, showed that the supermarket would have an exterior footprint of 35,729 square feet. He and several other residents expressed concerns that insufficient parking in the store’s lot would lead customers to park on nearby residential streets.

Representatives of Stop & Shop were scheduled to appear before the Town of Hempstead’s Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, after the Herald went to press, to request a variance from town code that would require the renovated Stop & Shop to have 352 more parking spots than its plans call for.

Fox and Valk urged association members to attend the BZA hearing to share their concerns about parking.

William Bonesso, an attorney for Stop & Shop, said Tuesday that the company would adhere to past agreements it made, and that its assurances would be “read into the record” at the BZA hearing. He said that Stop & Shop would meet the majority of the association’s conditions, though he expressed skepticism about one demand — that a brick wall be built around the supermarket’s parking lot.

“This is the first time we heard of any complaints,” Bonesso claimed on Tuesday. “If [the association] had contacted our office … we would have been at yesterday’s meeting.”

Fox said that Stop & Shop had changed its renovation plans for the store 21 times, by his count, but the company never notified the association about any changes.

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