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Starbucks with drive-thru proposed for former bank on Bay Shore’s East Main Street

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The application for a Starbucks with a drive-thru in Bay Shore was recently granted by the Town of Islip.

Starbucks would replace a former bank building at 430 East Main Street, directly across from the Bay Shore Commons shopping center. The former HSBC bank lies vacant and already has a drive-thru.

On the south side of East Main Street, abutting the gated residential community of Windemere Pond to the west, the proposed Starbucks will be on a pad site in the same commercial center as the Northwell Health Imbert Cancer Center. It also shares a parking lot with RBK Urgent Pediatric Care, a Montessori PreSchool and TD Bank.

Starbucks would fill the only current vacancy in the center.

At a planning board meeting in February, residents took issue with the location of a dumpster on the property that was close to a wetland buffer separating the condo community from the commercial center. There was also concern about the noise level of the proposed drive-thru speaker.

During the May 24 Islip planning board meeting, Anthony Gordino, the attorney for Bay Islip Associates — developer of the project — said that the issues had been addressed. The trash enclosure was relocated on the plans more than 100 feet away from the wetland buffer. He said that the drive-thru intercom was compliant with Islip Town’s noise ordinance and a stockade fence will be replaced with a PVC fence to help with noise reduction.

A raised curb island was also put into the plans to prevent customers from entering a curb cut and cutting the drive-thru line, allaying another concern.

Gordino also said the project would need a change of zone from Business 1 to Business 3 District, with a special permit for a fast food restaurant. He also requested that the allowed hours of operation from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. be extended to 11 p.m. in accordance with Starbucks’ normal business hours.

Check back to find out when this new Starbucks location plans on opening.