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Costco's BZA Request Pushed Off Again

Board chairman says hearing will be scheduled after town's decision.

The Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals has once again granted a request to push off Costco’s, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"costco-28"} --> case to

Sam Livingston September 20, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Great, just what the area needs, more traffic and fewer parking spots. Hope some of the opposition brings in photos of the Costco lot on a crowded day when people are driving all over the place for a spot. As for the traffic, 878 north bound seems to have gotten worse than the bad old days on Rockaway Turnpike before 878 was built to relieve the parking. Another issue is there are NO turn lanes at 878 where it intersects with the beginning of Peninsula Blvd at Bay (near the rear entrance to Costco and the main entrance to Sanitation District 1). All you need is one turning car going north on 878 to back up the road, sometimes to Burnside Avenue.
Herb September 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM
We need a gas station @ costco to provide choices & relief to 5 towns & local consumers. The number of reduced spots is a red herring. Its rare that there are insufficient spots.
Pia Newman September 20, 2012 at 01:13 PM
The parking lt is NEVER full on that side! Yes, we may have to walk a bit further to enter the store... but that's the HEALTHY alternative... not the LAZY one! As far as traffic... If drivers obey the rules as they should, I don't think we'll be any worse for wear! And yes...we DO need another gas station! There used to be 4 on that corner. Now we have more cars... Less stations and ridiculously high prices!
Dave September 20, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't Costco gas only be available for Costco members? (That's the way it works at some of the other superstore-owned stations I've been to). If so, the increase to traffic would be minimal, as not everyone would be able to shop for gas there. Anyt competition that forces the other stations on Rockaway Turnpike to lower their outrageously high prices would be a good thing.
Alisa Henderson September 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Yes, Dave you are correct. You have to be a member of Costco to use the gas stations.
Carmela Soprano September 21, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Putting gas pumps on the Costco property would be disasterous. The traffic is very heavy now on 878 and Rockaway Turnpike, it will get even worse. For those who think the southeast lot of Costco is always empty, that's not true. I have pics of the lot in July and August. There were plenty of cars there. From the end of October until the middle of January, watch the traffic and parking swell at Costco. The southeast lot by the Santiary District property still belongs to the State of New York. Costco is going to make a deal with them? A turning lane is definitely needed on 878 and Bay Blvd. turning on the the back street where Costco is. There are already two red-light cameras; one on 878 and Rockaway Tpke. and the other on 878 and Burnside Avenue because of the congestion and cars blocking the intersection. Those camers must be the breadwinners for Nassau County, because they are always going off. Where else would you find red-light cameras within a 1/4 mile of each other? There's a reason. If Costco puts gas tanks in, the north west lot (by the creek) will have parking wiped out too because the tractor trailers will have to sit there, waiting to use the loading dock. Costco has a tremendous amount of members and the gas pumps will attract all of them. We cannot deal with more congestion on nearby streets. It's a nightmare already.
ftptch September 21, 2012 at 02:33 AM
the only time the costco parking lot is empty is on saturday......................
Dave September 21, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Thanks, Alisa. I wonder if Costco has given any consideration to purchasing the lot directly across the street from them (where the Five Towns Toyota dealership used to be, next to the batting cage place). The space has been vacant for years now; if they moved the station over there, at least the parking space controversy would be avoided.
Carmela Soprano September 21, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Costco is packed on the weekends as well, both days. The property across the street is owned by the state. Don't know if the lease is still available. Perhaps a sublet, but Costco doesn't want to put anything on land they don't own.
Jack R September 21, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Does any one who is complaining about the ""ridiculously" and "outrageously" high prices of gas on the turnpike, know how much profit these stations owners are making on a gallon of gas? I do know because I am a station owner. How does about .06 per gallon sound. Thats 60 cents an a 10 gallon sale. Don't believe me? Look me up, I will be happy to show you my paperwork.
mark boat September 22, 2012 at 05:07 PM
The only disastrous effect Costco's gas pumps would have would be to stop the horrific conspiracy of price fixing by the gas stations along Rockaway Blvd. Have you noticed that their prices are not only higher than service stations in Hewlett, but are also higher than many NYC gas stations, even though we have lower gas taxes? If planned correctly, Costco adding gas would be a plus for the five towns by forcing true competition
Carmela Soprano September 22, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Mark, I travel into NY City everyday. The prices are NOT cheaper over the line. If you look at the break down of gasoline taxes and wholesale costs, it is not a large profit margin at all.

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