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Pleasantville Planning Commission Makes Progress

The Pleasantville Planning Commission made slight progress during Wednesday's meeting regarding the proposed convenience store at Prime Fuels gas station location at 1 Broadway in Pleasantville.

Residents raised concerns about the store's proposed hours of operation, as well as the safety of driving and pedestrian traffic with the increased traffic of a convenience store in the Old Village.

"It's our understanding that the law is in effect and applicable," said Planning Commission Chairperson Russell Klein in reference to the recently passed village law that states at retail location should be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Merrill Richmond of 54 Hays Hill Road expressed his concern about the store’s hours, noting that it should observe Old Village retail hours, which means closing at 10 p.m.

“We’d ask that you obey normal sleeping hours and ask the applicant to do as well,” Richmond said.

Klein stated that the board agrees on the store being closed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., which member David Keller agreed saying that we should follow our precedent from the Washington Avenue site a few years ago.

Richard Pearson, traffic engineer for John Meyer Consulting, proposed that the center lines be placed on Bedford Terrace and the stop lines on Bedford Road and the adjacent Bedford Terrace being extended to help traffic flow. Pearson also noted traffic flow could be improved with new traffic detectors installed at the intersection's stoplights.

The Commission agreed that the north entrance to the gas station at the corner of Broadway and Bedford Terrace should be eliminated and converted to flower beds for driver and pedestrian safety reasons.

Commission member Scott Blasdell ended the discussion on the north entrance to the station, finishing by stating that “concerns about public safety trump convenience for the operator.”

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