Plans Proceed At Former Dairy Barn

An expanded retail storefront is being considered for 49 Commack Road, which was formerly a Dairy Barn. (Long Islander News photo/Danny Schrafel)

An expanded retail storefront is being considered for 49 Commack Road, which was formerly a Dairy Barn. (Long Islander News photo/Danny Schrafel)

The former home of a Dairy Barn drive-through could soon give way to an expanded commercial building.

The property, located on the western side of Commack Road, was once the home of a Dairy Barn, a once popular convenience store operated by Elwood-based Oaktree Dairy. Also located there is a former printer shop “which seems to be in somewhat disrepair,” Robert Riekert, the town planning department’s deputy director, said Dec. 17 during a board meeting.

The reconstruction plan by G-Men Properties earned the Town of Huntington Planning Board’s support after changes were made.

“They’ve modified their layout to provide for an excellent design, which has plenty of green space in the front and also along the rear where we have some steep slopes,” Robert Riekert, the town planning department’s deputy director, said Dec. 17 during a board meeting.

While adequate parking exists, they’ll still need to go to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to get a special use permit and maintain a depth extension in order to build a 2,522 square-foot expansion.

Another variance is needed to allow G-Men Properties to keep a parking lot within 10 feet of a residential district, but “there are no residences that are anywhere in any contiguous way, or even anywhere near this,” Riekert said.

The approval from the planning board to go before the ZBA on Jan. 8 came with a lament of sorts about the disappearance of what was once a ubiquitous sight on Long Island.

“I’m sorry to see the Dairy Barns go. But, such is civilization,” Planning Board Chairman Paul Mandelik said.