Hess Gas Corporation has postponed its second public hearing before Smithtown's Board of Zoning Appeals.
Smithtown officials have agreed at the business owner's request to adjourn Hess Gas Station's public hearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. It has been rescheduled for Oct. 9.
Hess Gas Corporation will appear before Smithtown's Board of Zoning Appeals for a second time, despite gaining a vote of approval from Smithtown Town Board, to seek additional variances to build a new station on the corner of Harned Road and Jericho Turnpike in Commack.
The company's application to build the 12-pump Hess Express with a 1,230-square-foot convenience store has stirred controversy within the Commack community.
More than 20 residents spoke up at the first public hearing on the building application, held Feb. 23, . Among those who spoke out against the application included representatives for Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, R–Smithtown.
Despite residents' objections, by 3-2 vote in March. Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilman Ed Wehrheim voted against the zoning change.
After the town's approval, asking that the state have an independent party review the zoning decision made by town officials.