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Proposal to overhaul Bethpage Hess station weighed

The Bethpage Water District at 25 Adams Ave.

The Bethpage Water District at 25 Adams Ave. In 2006, the district's drinking water was selected as best-tasting in the state during the New York State Fair in Syracuse. (March 19, 2012) Credit: Nicole Bartoline

The Oyster Bay Town Board held a hearing last week Tuesday on an application by Hess Corp. to demolish its gas station at the northeast corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Stewart Avenue in Bethpage and replace it with a new facility.

The town board reserved decision on the application for a special-use permit.

The attorney for Hess, Kevin O’Brien, said there has been a gas station on the site since 1960. The current Hess station has six pump islands and a canopy that would be replaced with new equipment while the existing 2,500-square-foot convenience store would be replaced by a 1,660-square-foot store.

The company says the new gas station would generate only 0.5 percent more traffic than the existing station. It also plans to add landscaping; there is none now.

Councilman Anthony Macagnone asked whether the gas pumps would have “annoying” TV monitors above them showing commercials. O’Brien replied that Hess stations do not use them.

The only speakers at the hearing were representatives from Hess.


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