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Costco to Hold Meeting on Proposed Gas Station

Rescheduled from earlier this month due to Superstorm Sandy.

Costco will hold a community meeting Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. on its proposed plan to build a 22-pump gas station at its Lawrence superstore.

The meeting, to be held at the Five Towns Community Center, was rescheduled from earlier this month due to Superstorm Sandy.

Representatives from Costco will be available to discuss the store's proposal to build a gas station at the southwest corner of Rockaway Turnpike and Nassau Expressway, according to a mailing from Costco's attorney. The letter also notes that the meeting "is not required by the Town of Hempstead and is being conducted by Costco Wholesale Corp. in order to address community concerns."

The store's bid to install a gas station has seen many bumps. First proposed in May, the plan quickly met opposition from local residents and town officials, who are mostly concerned about traffic on Rockaway Turnpike.

Most recently, Hempstead's Board of Zoning Appeals took Costco's case off the calendar pending the town board's decision on whether the store can install three 30,000-gallon storage tanks. 

Costco needs a parking variance from the BZA because its plan would take away 163 of the Lawrence store’s 822 parking spaces to make way for the gas station. That's under the town's minimum for a store of its size.

Melissa November 30, 2012 at 12:22 AM
What is the problem gas is only available to costco customers anyway, and if ppl are concerned about the traffic we are between a borough and an airport, traffic in inevitable!
ftptch November 30, 2012 at 01:30 AM
sure traffic is bad...... but y make it 10x worse......... 5t isnt known 4 its good drivers.......
Bojames November 30, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Say yes to competition......isn't that the American Way?
Stephen J. Bronner November 30, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Story about this meeting coming early next week!
Jason November 30, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Do people really think that traffic will be 10 times worse simply because of a gas station? Seriously? That's absurd. And I bet Costco, being a responsible corporation, would have had a generator at their station so they could have been used during Sandy, unlike every other station around here.
John Rock November 30, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I think that a costco gas station would not cause any more traffic then the the numerous fast food restaurants that dot the area.
John Rock November 30, 2012 at 05:03 PM
The addition of a costco gas station would not add any more traffic then the fast food joints do that dot the area

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