Change of zone granted for Medford Bolla

New gas station and convenience store coming

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The town board, at a meeting held Dec. 2, approved a long-awaited zone change for Bolla Market. The gas station company, who currently runs a gas station on the property, was granted a change of zone from J Business 2 to J Business 5, in order to accommodate a new gas station with convenience store.

The site is located on the western portion of Medford Avenue, 350 feet south of Waverly Avenue. Notable businesses near the gas station are a BP, Auto Zone and the Marriott Hotel.

The attorney representing Bolla Market, Eugene L. DeNicola, said the main building is currently 47 feet back from Medford Avenue with four fuel dispensers in front of the building and a second set of dispensers to the south side. The current facility has no room for a landscape area and no designated parking stalls. This application would change all of that with a brand-new building.

“The applicant’s proposal is to demolish it and remove all of the existing improvements on the property and construct a new Bolla Market convenience store containing 2,989 square feet, a new canopy over eight dispenser islands, each one containing a multi-product dual loading dispenser, new underground fuel storage tanks, paving and parking. The landscape area will be an extra 40,384 square feet or approximately 51 percent of the site,” he said.

According to DeNicola, the Medford Civic and Taxpayers Association requested to be able to review the plans. He said they’re otherwise in favor of the application, and Donna Lent, town clerk, confirmed that.

Allen Leon is the landlord of the property across the street, which also happens to be a gas station. He brought up a concern about the roadway being overburdened by the new structure.

“I suggest to the town that it’s an over-intensive use of the property,” said Leon. “I suggest that this over-intensive use will create a myriad of problems in regard to traffic on Route 112, which is already overburdened.”

In the end, councilman Neil Foley confirmed that the New York State Department of Transportation, which regulates the roadway, was in favor of the application. Leon excused himself from the microphone and appeared to be satisfied with the DOT’s approval.

“The Planning Department just informed me New York State DOT and/or Traffic Department Commission, we have no problem with this,” said Foley.

The applicant’s proposal is to demolish and remove all of the existing improvements on the property and construct a new Bolla Market convenience store containing 2,989 square feet, a new canopy over eight dispenser islands, each one containing a multi-product dual loading dispenser, new underground fuel storage tanks, paving and parking. 

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