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Lindenhurst residents challenge proposed Arby's restaurant

Arby's, located in the food court of the

Arby's, located in the food court of the Broadway Mall in Hicksville. (Dec. 18, 2012) Credit: Ian J. Stark

Nearly two dozen residents turned out at a Lindenhurst Village planning board hearing to voice their concerns about a proposed Arby’s restaurant.

The public hearing last week was for an application from Thomas J. Clarke, who has proposed building an Arby’s restaurant with a drive-through window at 100 West Sunrise Hwy. The commercial property, between 41st and 42nd streets, is currently the site of Bill’s Vacation Trailers.

A traffic study done by VHB Inc. in Hauppauge was presented at the hearing, in which it was stated that the restaurant would have no negative impact on the area and increase traffic on Sunrise Highway by less than 2 percent. But residents who live near the site disputed that estimate and expressed concern about not only increased traffic but the impact of the restaurant on their quality of life, saying it would bring more garbage and noise.

“We are a good neighbor,” said Clarke, who owns an Arby’s in Bellmore.

Celia St. John, who lives on 42nd Street, handed the planning board a petition signed by neighbors asking that the board reject Clarke’s application. “We’re not averse to businesses in our community,” she said. “However, having another fast-food restaurant when a third of a mile down the road there’s four more, is ridiculous.”

Board chairman John Liebl said the members will review the application.


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