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North Shore Farms supermarket OKd despite locals' concerns

Located on Long Island's South Shore, the Bellmores

Located on Long Island's South Shore, the Bellmores are divided into North Bellmore and Bellmore. (April 2, 2012) Credit: Nicole Bartoline

The Hempstead Town Board of Appeals has unanimously approved a proposal from North Shore Farms to build a supermarket in North Bellmore, despite concerns raised by some residents that the store would create safety issues and increase traffic in a congested area.

The appeals board voted 7-0 on April 10 to grant the request with conditions after holding a public hearing last month. North Shore Farms had requested a special exception because its proposed 18,818-square-foot store at Jerusalem Avenue and Pea Pond Road would be double the allowed size for a building with access to a two-lane road.

The board’s decision allows the family-owned supermarket chain to open its fifth location, at the long-vacant building that housed a Rite Aid drugstore until 2002.

The board’s conditions for approval included allowing the store to operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Garbage will have to be picked up before 7 a.m. and an extermination plan to eliminate potential rat infestation will need to be in place. Deliveries by large trucks will not be permitted during school drop-off and pickup hours — from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

The requirements also mandate that the company submit a landscape plan with proposed plantings, install a sign that prohibits left turns when exiting onto Jerusalem Avenue and configure the driveway exit to allow right turns only. North Shore Farms would also have to request a modification from the state transportation department to the timing of the traffic signal at the intersection during school dismissal hours.

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