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About that gas station on the corner of Main Street and Fishkill Avenue

So what's going on here?

Mark Roland has excellent and thorough coverage, required reading:

http://wigwameconomy.com/lust-comes-to-beacon-its-volatile/

http://wigwameconomy.com/gas-leak-update-the-hole-we-dig-grows-ever...

http://wigwameconomy.com/gas-leak-on-main-street/

Here's a thought: I lived in Hell's Kitchen in the mid 1990s, and witnessed the almost overnight transformation of Times Square from Midnight Cowboy / Needle Park style to Disneyfication (and if you're one of those nostalgic for the old seedy sleazy Times Square, I'm just going to shake my head and bite my tongue).

My point: the 1995 zoning law prevented clustering of sex shops, preventing them from being within a certain distance of one another. Thereby immediately closing down a majority of them in Times Square.

Here in Beacon we have a brand new gas station a block and a half away from the one being torn up.

So why can't we just pass a zoning law limiting the distance between gas stations, effectively shutting this one down for good?

Nothing wrong with gas stations, or sex shops, It's just not necessary to cluster them in a location that made sense historically, but not anymore.

Pass the zoning law now before this one is rebuilt, while the owners are still scratching their heads over the extra time and cost of environmental remediation. We can do something so much better with the corner.

Now also would be the time, while they're still reeling, to convince the owners they can get more bang for their buck with something other than a gas station. Any ideas?

I'll go rant at a city council meeting a coming Monday by myself about this regardless, I'm sufficiently motivated. But if anyone wants to join me, it's always more impressive when it's a group of people. There's a council meeting tomorrow on March 2 at 7 PM, and one on March 16 at 7 PM. The 16th? While there may be plenty who agree with us and who are on the council, the public giving voice to the concern allows them to act citing public consensus and opinion. It's easy, quick, and has a big impact. PM me at society2@gmail.com or comment below and if anyone is interested, we'll set something informal up, like meet at Bank Square Coffeehouse around 6:45 PM / 7 PM and walk over to City Hall, done before 8 PM.

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Comment by Ben Royce on March 6, 2015 at 9:25am

Katie: But what if he could make more doing something else? We can change their mind with carrot as well as stick.

TC: We can at least talk to the owner. It's their right to say "no, I'm building a gas station here, bleep you." But there's no reason why we can't register our dislike of that business on that corner with them, and plead alternatives. The point is not to yell at them, the point is to cajole them. Convince them to make more money with a different kind of business. Beacon is changing.

Regardless, the conversation has moved:

http://wigwameconomy.com/beacon-outlaws-gas-stations-on-main-street/

Comment by TC on March 5, 2015 at 9:31pm

It may be pure gossip, but I think most or all of the gas stations on Main St are owned by the same person. Also related to the two gas stations across the street from each other on 52 near 84 Diner?

Comment by Katie HM on March 5, 2015 at 8:03pm

With the layout of the gas stations on that side of the street, they are all horribly inconvenient for cars to pull in and out of. But I'll maintain, at least for now, that it should be up to the owner to see if his business is not doing well with the other gas stations. The brand new gas station, for instance, has, or had, higher gas prices, so I usually went to the other two. And I think to remove a gas station from a plot of land is an expensive project in and of itself. Construction is required to make it clean and safe. My vote is to let him run his business and if it's not profitable anymore, discontinue.

Comment by Ben Royce on March 2, 2015 at 4:23pm

Steve:

Exactly, but you're thinking of Hunts Point.

Arthur Avenue, Riverdale, Van Cortlandt/ Zoo/ Botanical Garden, even "SoBro" (South Bronx): The Bronx always had nice places and is getting more... I wonder what Paul Newman would think ("Fort Apache the Bronx" to "Nobody's Fool").

Mark:

You met the owner, is he really wedded to a gas station there? He can't be persuaded that better use of his land, more lucrative use, is superior to his interests?

I'm going to speak my mind on March 16 anyway. Let the council's eyes glaze over, I don't care.

It's ridiculous that we're going to get two brand new stations that we're therefore going to be stuck with for decades now. Where's the leadership?

New York City shut down dozens of existing businesses with a zoning law in Times Square as I mentioned. And Beacon can't take down one gas station that is already closed and already an environmental remediation crater?

The plans approved already? So what. The financing in place? So what. The contracts signed? They got calls anyway delaying because environmental remediation needs to take place. Everything is disrupted. So let's disrupt it a little further to "not going to happen" while we still can.

I'm asking for an expensive lawsuit? OK: how much money will Beacon gain from better use of that corner?

Comment by Steve Knowles on March 2, 2015 at 12:04pm

That station has been an eyesore probably since it was built, but even more so now that Main Street has been "re-vitalized".  I always joke that that station and the places across the street to the East give Beacon a taste of The Bronx.  It's too bad that of all the businesses on Main Street, the gas stations are the ones that most stand out as being eyesores and out of place.

Comment by Mark Roland on March 2, 2015 at 7:09am

You can't pass a zoning law that essentially nullifies an existing business. The zoning for the Central Main Street area was recently changed, and gas stations are not allowed, though as I pointed out, with 3 already within a half mile of one another, this portion of the code is mainly symbolic:

Prohibited uses. Uses not listed in Subsection A or B above and the following specific uses are prohibited in the CMS District:
(1) 
Gasoline filling stations.

(2) 

Drive-through facilities, stand-alone or used in connection with any other use.

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