A proposed 7-Eleven on Route 112 in Medford has drawn opposition from local residents and civic leaders who say the spot is a bad location for a convenience store.
A Manhasset developer, listed in Brookhaven Town planning documents as Apple Farm Realty, is seeking a special-use permit to build the 2,895-square-foot store on a 0.8-acre vacant lot at the southwest corner of Route 112 and Jamaica Avenue. The town Planning Board is expected to vote on the request within two months.
Residents said the intersection is unsafe for pedestrians and that the addition of a new store would cause traffic tie-ups.
Tamra Robinson, of Medford, said Suffolk County police records she obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed there had been 12 traffic accidents at the intersection through the first 10 months of 2018. In one of those, a collision last August involved a pedestrian, she said.
Robinson expressed concern about children crossing the street from the store to Sean Dixon Memorial Park, formerly Peppermint Park, a small playground popular with families.
About 30 people attended a Jan. 7 public hearing held by the planning board regarding the project, Robinson said. “Everybody was in opposition,” she said. “The community is not happy about it.”
Attempts to reach Apple Farm Realty were unsuccessful. A request for comment submitted to the 7-Eleven corporate website was not returned.
Planning board members, through a town spokesman, declined to comment.
Brookhaven Councilman Neil Foley, who represents Medford on the town board, which has no official role in reviewing the proposal, said 7-Eleven should consider a different site for the store.
"The area is quite saturated with 7-Elevens. It’s across the street from a park that attracts young children, and there have been a lot of traffic accidents there,” Foley said in an interview. “I think sometimes companies need to do the right thing and say, 'This is not the right location,' even if they can legally build there.”
Medford Taxpayers & Civic Association president Brett Houdek said the group was "totally opposed" to the proposal, citing both safety and parking issues at the intersection.
“We believe it’s inappropriate for the area,” Houdek said. “The nature of the business will be people running in and out [and] illegally parking on Route 112.”
Houdek said the narrow stretch of Route 112, and parking bans along the side of the road, will hamper delivery trucks and cause traffic backups at the intersection.
“You know what trucks are going to do. It’s going to prevent anybody turning," Houdek said. "It’s just the wrong spot. It would be wrong for any convenience store. This is not just a 7-Eleven issue.”
Robinson and Houdek both said the new store could have an adverse impact on other convenience stores in the area. Houdek said there are two 7-Elevens within 2 miles of the site of the proposed store, as well as another store not affiliated with 7-Eleven on Route 112.
“If it goes in, it’s going to be a shame because you just don’t need another 7-Eleven,” Robinson said.