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McDonald’s Eyes Route 110 Site 

McDonald’s is hoping to the ZBA will approve variances to allow a restaurant on this Route 110 parcel just south of Ruland Road in Melville.

Is Huntington’s Zoning Board of Appeals lovin’ it? The people proposing to build a new McDonald’s drive-through in Melville sure hope so.

McDonald’s USA is scheduled to go before the town zoning board today, Jan. 30, to clear a hurdle in their plans to build a 4,388 square-foot drive-in restaurant on about half of a 2.33-acre parcel located on northbound Broad Hollow Road/Route 110, about 750 feet south of Ruland Road.

If completed, this would be McDonald’s fifth restaurant in Huntington and second in Melville; a location is already open on the southbound side at 729 Route 110, about 3 miles away.

Attorney John Farrell, who is representing McDonald’s USA, said the firm’s proposal is “fairly typical” of current plans put forth for McDonald’s restaurants.

But to build on that vacant parcel, owned by Farmingdale-based FMP Holdings, the town’s zoning board must first approve seven variances covering parking, an additional menu board and the placement and number of signs on the property, and a special use permit for a drive-thru restaurant. A use variance may also be necessary to clear the way for construction because of a covenant restricting the land to uses allowed in the C-5 Planned Shopping Center zone, a zoning classification which does not allow drive-in restaurants.

Taxes would be paid to the Half Hollow Hills School District. The restaurant would fall within the South Huntington Water District, served by approximately 315 linear feet of 12-inch diameter water main and a new fire hydrant, at the approximate cost of $110,000 plus an additional $16,000 in fees, according to an Oct. 10, 2013 letter signed by Dennis Kelleher, president of Melville-based H2M Water.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Huntington Town Hall.

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