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Wendy's restaurant proposal for Main Street in Islip draws concerns

A Wendy's logo on June 13, 2011. An

A Wendy's logo on June 13, 2011. An application to build a Wendy's on Main Street in Islip is going to the Islip Town board for final approval at a later date after a planning board voted in favor of the application Thursday, July 9, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images

A proposed Wendy's fast-food restaurant for Main Street in Islip has some residents seeing red.

Concerned neighbors of the proposed Wendy's at Degnon Boulevard and Main Street say the restaurant is too close to Islip Middle School, across the street, and would add congestion to an already clogged area.

A representative for the developer said the restaurant would not bring more traffic to the area.

"This is not a destination place that sways people to come to the restaurant," said Steve Bertolino, a lawyer for the applicant, J. Nazzaro Partnership, at the planning board meeting Thursday.

But neighbors said that Main Street was not suitable for a busy restaurant. "This is a single-lane highway in each direction," resident Edward Mooney said.

Barbara Vouris of the Old South Islip Civic Association told the planning board that, in her organization, "most members feel that we'd like to see local business . . . but local business that conforms with the zoning."

The application is seeking a change of zone from Business One to Business Three, and also a special permit to operate a fast-food restaurant.

The project was originally denied by the Islip Town Board last March because of the community's traffic and density concerns, but the application was changed to address some of the concerns, Bertolino said.

The new plan now has a 6-foot-tall perimeter fence, more landscaping, and some letters of support from nearby business operators. A drive-thru remains part of the proposed restaurant.

The planning board reserved decision.

A previous version of this story incorrectly described the status of the drive-thru feature in the plan.

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