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After Year Of Controversy 7-Eleven Advances

Plans for a 7-Eleven on the corner of Steamboat Road and Middle Neck Road are moving forward after it was conditionally approved by the Village of Great Neck Board of Zoning Appeals in February. The decision for a convenient store open 24-7 was contingent upon the presence of a uniformed security guard after midnight until 5 a.m.


At the June 4 meeting of the Old Village’s trustees, the owner of the property, Kris Torkan, presented the board with samples of materials to be used for the building. Exterior walls will have a stucco finish in a cream color and the roof will be a mottled brown. A police booth, which will be constructed on the site, will match the main building. The next step will be a presentation of the signage to be used.


After the February decision, Torkan had commented to the Great Neck Record that he feared the 7-Eleven corporate office would balk at the expense of a guard during the post midnight hour. When asked this week about the 7-Eleven response, Torkan said that indeed they did not agree to the conditions, but that he had decided to pay for the extra expense out of his pocket. 


He said, “I think that with the police booth on the lot, there won’t be any problems … and  it won’t become a hangout. I still believe the store will benefit the community.”


The BZA’s decision had a caveat that after at least six months of operation, the owner may apply to the zoning board to modify security requirements if there had been a lack of noise and criminal activity during that time.