A developer is proposing to build a Starbucks with a drive-thru in place of the old Astoria Bank building at 718 Route 112 in Patchogue.
The applicant, 718 Medford LLC, is applying for a change of zoning on the property from J Business 2 to J Business 5 with a special permit for a major restaurant with accessory drive-thru.
Plans call to tear down the unique-looking Astoria Bank building and construct a new 2,568-square-foot Starbucks with additional attached 2,315 square feet of retail space on a 1.21-acre site. The Starbucks restaurant is proposed to have 24 indoor seats and nine outdoor seats.
There are a few variances sought according to the plans submitted to the Town of Brookhaven.
Permitting for cars queuing up to a drive-thru allows 12 but the applicant’s plan seeks a variance for 13 autos. The plans also currently show a 12-foot buffer to the road, a variance of the required 40 feet.
Currently, outdoor seating hours are not permitted from 11 p.m.- 8 a.m. or within 1,000 feet of any residence, which the proposed plan does not comply with. The plan also mentions that a menu board will face a residential zone, which is also not in compliance with town code.
There are 33 proposed parking spots according to the site plan count, with 10 additional spots on the south side of the property.
The site was the home of Astoria Bank until the financial institution was acquired by Sterling Bank and it changed names.
The application for the new Starbucks was not heard at the Brookhaven Town Board meeting on Aug. 11.
During the meeting, the applicant’s representative requested an adjournment of the public hearing until Sept. 29. The adjournment request was approved under the stipulation that no further adjournments would be granted.
Top: A Starbucks store manager holding up some freshly brewed coffee. (Credit: Facebook/Starbucks)