By Danny Schrafel
Huntington’s Planning Board has approved a site plan that will clear the way for a new TD Bank in Melville.
The planning board voted unanimously May 28 to approve site plans for the 2,560 square-foot bank, which is to be built in place of The Rosewood Inn and an adjacent building on Route 110.
Before the affirmative vote came, the board hammered out on final dispute over a pylon sign along Route 110.
The condition requires a free-standing pylon sign, to be situated along Broad Hollow Road/Route 110, to be no greater than 12 feet in height, and must be submitted to the town’s senior sign inspector prior to approval. Town code provides for up to 16 feet in height.
That final tweak came months after the planning board hashed out traffic concerns related to the proposed bank. Then, TD agreed to revise plans in order to allow a second dedicated drive-through lane, which town officials said would reduce potential traffics impacts on Route 110.
Meanwhile, owners of The Rosewood Inn, which will be leveled to make way for the bank, are making plans toward transitioning from the site. A sign at the restaurant notes that the owners’ new restaurant, Wild Rose, is open on New Highway near Republic Airport. A staff member at The Rosewood Inn said in November that the restaurant still had about three years left on a 15-year lease.
TD’s proposed Melville location is one of three active bank proposals in the works. Others include a bank 460 Pulaski Road in Greenlawn, which is scheduled to open in 2015, and a second at 1941 Jericho Turnpike near Elwood Road, which TD aims to open in 2016. Their newest location in Huntington village opened in August 2013.