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No Lines At These Former Gas Pumps [Empty in Commack]

Shuttered up gas station with its pumps ripped out now acts as local cut-through for local drivers.

Drive down Commack Road and you will notice some vacant storefronts adorned with "For Rent" signs, a possible indication of the hard times the area — and country — are facing.

One location that stands out is a former gas station on the corner of Commack Road and Genesee Drive. It's former gas price sign is ripped apart down to the frame, with no hint at what the gas prices were when the last drop of gas was pumped here.

Its white shingled roof has become dirty and faded with age, providing a bright contract from the mint green paint around the former convience store section of the gasoline -auto repair shop. Its mechanic bays are boarded up tight, no longer open to help a passing motorists.

The gas pumps have been ripped out of the concrete, leaving behind only the concrete base they were mounted to in a crumbling parking lot. In less than 15 minutes in the parking lot, more than five drivers used it as a personal cut through to get to and from local roadways.

Have you noticed this property while driving along Commack Road? Do you think it should be restored as a residential home or taken over by a local business?

Commack Resident May 09, 2012 at 04:53 PM
It's an absolute eyesore just as most of Commack road has become. Where is the owner of this lot to make sure it is clean and safe? There is a number of vacant lots and/or businesses along the roadway as well as garbage strewn sidewalks that cannot be used safely. It has become an embarrassment to Commack.
Paul L. May 10, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I live in the neighborhood off Genesee Drive and I agree that it is an eyesore. It has been vacant for more than a year. I hoped that another business would take its place (it would be a poor spot for a house) but with the economy being so bad, there are more old businesses closing than there are new business opening.
pbug56 May 10, 2012 at 07:43 PM
What I don't understand is when someone decides to start a business in our area they always pick some franchise that the area is already over saturated with. Another same name gas station, McD or BK, but never one that we don't have in the area. For instance, Long John Silver, Arby's, Popeyes; the nearest one of any of these a half hour away. But we get repeats, or more nail places, etc. And then we wonder why places don't stay in business and leave a mess behind.
Patricia Germinario July 29, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Does anyone know what is going on with the vacant building that was Borders Books in Commack? I noticed they are doing work on the building…hopefully something is moving into that vacant building!

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