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Board of Trustees Meeting Covers Various Topics

Dunkin’ Donuts, Brush Hollow Mosque Discussed

On June 3, a little over two hours yielded a significant amount of progress at the Westbury Board of Trustees meeting.

The first order of business was the approval of a special use permit for the new Dunkin’ Donuts store located at 467C Old Country Road in Westbury. The permit will allow extended hours of operation for the business (open 24 hours a day) as long as the following conditions are met: delivery trucks are only allowed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., garbage trucks must only operate between the same hours but never on weekends, regular inspection of the parking lot to ensure cleanliness, an annual renewal application for the special use permit and a posted sign stating patrons must be considerate of noise after 10 p.m. The Dunkin’ Donuts agreed to the terms in order to comply with the town’s wishes of decreasing residential traffic and not posing a negative impact on the adjacent residents of Rockaway Avenue.

“The facility will be operated with the same diligence as the old [Dunkin’ Donuts],” said Mayor Peter Cavallaro.

Next, the board denied the application, for the time being, of a special use permit authorizing the expansion of the Islamic Center located on Brush Hollow Road. The Center is aiming to expand the facility and parking lots to include a Sunday school, library and office in hopes of offering better classrooms and more space for current students and members. After the Center’s initial plans were deemed unacceptable, the spokeswoman for the expansion noted the following changes were made: the Center would be downsized from three stories to two and the three existing residential homes on Jaymie Drive were no longer included in the demolition plans.

According to Mayor Cavallaro, there were “legitimate concerns” from residents and the Westbury Fire Department, but the Center had proposed “substantial changes from their original proposal.” Although the town and the Islamic Center had undergone “extensive zoning board discussions,” according to Cavallaro, a parking lot variance fee had yet to be paid by the Islamic Center and the special use permit application was postponed until the next board of trustees meeting.