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Stop & Shop bid for gas station likely a no-go

The Stop and Shop on Merrick Road on

The Stop and Shop on Merrick Road on the border of Amityville shows an older style of the sign. The new design ran up against Amityville's ordinance limiting colors of commercial signs. Photo Credit: Katie Currid

Supermarket giant Stop & Shop has expressed interest in opening a gas station near its Merrick Road store in Amityville, Assistant Mayor Peter Casserly said.

Casserly said an employee of a Massachusetts-based engineering consulting firm called him this month on behalf of the chain, and asked how village trustees would view a formal application to build on the former site of a Getty station at Merrick Road and South Bayview Avenue.

Casserly, after talking with fellow trustees last week, said approval was unlikely, citing noise and fumes a gas station would bring as well as a village ordinance passed several years ago banning new automotive use for properties along much of the Merrick Road corridor.

“To my mind, there’s little or no chance the board would reverse itself,” Casserly said.

Mayor Peter Imbert said village officials would work with Stop & Shop “in every way possible” but agreed board approval was unlikely. “Automotive use is not really good for downtowns,” he said. “We’re trying to generate more restaurant and other types of business applications, and I don’t see us changing that.”

Security Dodge now uses the site for parking; redevelopment would require a special use permit from trustees. Stop & Shop officials declined to comment.

“It is our policy not to comment on market speculation or rumors,” a company spokeswoman wrote in response to a request for comment. “Stop & Shop is always looking for ways to grow our business and offer our customers new opportunities but we have no information to share at this time.”

VHB, the engineering consulting firm, did not return repeated calls for comment.

Stop & Shop, which according to a company news release operates more than 300 stores and more than 70 gas stations in the Northeast United States, faced opposition from Amityville officials and residents last summer when its proposed design makeover for the Merrick Road store ran afoul of village signage rules.

Planning officials approved a design similar to what the company proposed but without a large purple stripe that would have run the length of the store’s facade.

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