A public hearing on a proposed bank drive-through for the CVS building on Montauk Highway in West Islip has been pulled off tonight’s Islip Town Planning Board agenda.
According to town officials the hearing has been postponed due to the fact that required notification to nearby parties, per town regulation, on the project and hearing had not been completed in the required time frame by Kabro Associates, which owns the Sequams Shopping Center.
Kabro is hoping to lease part of the CVS building to a financial institution and says the drive-through aspect is key to such a rent deal.
Islip Town officials told Patch that a submitted site plan reveals a proposed bank being built within the easternmost building (the current CVS), using 4,000 square feet of the existing 12,000 square-foot building.
The proposed drive-through window would be adjacent to Eaton Lane.
Kabro Associates, which owns the shopping enter, needs a special permit for the window as well as a parking relaxation.
Managing Partner Neal Kaplan had told Patch earlier this month that the CVS lease is up "shortly" and he's hoping to avoid to have an empty storefront in the shopping center.
"We're in talks to have part of that store location be leased to a financial institution and as part of that the drive-through aspect is necessary," he told Patch.
He declined to state when the CVS lease will expire.
"I have to plan as if it [CVS re-location] will happen. I can't have 12,000 square feet of empty space there."
CVS has proposed opening a new location further east on Montauk Highway and the project has been hotly debated and controversial with nearby residents who are concerned about truck traffic, noise from loading docks and the hours of operation.The current CVS has been in the shopping center for over 20 years, according to Kaplan, and he believes a bank or other financial tenant would be welcomed by local residents given no loading docks are needed, or late hours of operation.