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?