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Alphabet City Residents Furious Over Noise Coming From Nearby 7-11

7-Eleven East Village


It is quite literally the city that never sleeps for residents of Westminster in the East Village.

Tenants filed complaints over noisy air conditioner and refrigerator units that cool the 7-11 convenience store on Avenue A.

They told CBS 2 that they haven’t been able to rest at night since the store opened last year.

“For too many months, Westminster’s concerns about 7-11’s noisy units fell on deaf ears. We completely agree with local residents – the units installed and owned by 7-11 need to be moved, and we’re working to make sure it happens,” a spokesman for Westminster management said.

The store has received violations from the city along with a cease and desist order, but still residents toss and turn.

“It sounds like, in some apartments, you’re living in a wind tunnel,” said state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan.)

“We’ve had to move out of our bedrooms on the third floor, as well as the first floor, in order to be free of the noise,” another tenant added.

In a statement, 7-11 said that it has been working with the landlord of the property to resolve the issue.

The landlord was scheduled to appear at a hearing of the environmental control board to present a plan for relocating the refrigeration units.

The landlord did not have a comment on Monday night.

Alphabet City Residents Furious Over Noise Coming From Nearby 7-11 [CBS]


Residents annoyed at 7-Eleven’s loud refrigerator in East Village [ABC 7]
Local pols blast 7-Eleven for blocking order to remove noisy refrigeration unit at 170 Avenue A [EV Grieve]
7-Eleven’s Noisy Fridge Unit Forces Family to Sleep in Living Room [DNA Info]


Full Coverage on the AC Units at 170 Avenue A [No 7-Eleven]

Abominable 7-Eleven Disfigures a Baltimore Historic District

7-Eleven BaltimoreVia Baltimore Business Journal

It comes as no surprise that the opening of a convenience store selling almost nothing that anybody should eat or drink creates little excitement in the surrounding community.
Since this isn’t a food or health column, but one about urban design and architecture, I will focus on the wrapper in which a new Baltimore 7-Eleven is encased. The store opened in the spring at West Franklin and North Paca streets after just a few months of construction.

Like tourists wearing sombreros in Mexico or lederhosen in Bavaria, retail buildings often masquerade in garb inspired by local cliches — mission-style, colonial or anything in between. What constitutes a mere laughable nuisance in suburban shopping centers, however, becomes architectural assault in an urban historic district.

At first, seeing a barren surface parking lot being dug up by heavy equipment in late winter inspired hope in this corner of Baltimore’s west side, an area largely unaccustomed to investment and construction.

But the strip footing and tiny trenches for wastewater lines foreshadowed hastily erected spindly steel columns, confirming that whatever was being built here couldn’t be of any substance.

Disappointment turned into disbelief once all the sticks and beams were connected with astounding speed, revealing the shape of a giant shoebox, with the lid hovering one story above it.

That extra level mystified everybody around and became the talk at Trinacria Deli, a nearby restaurant, grocery and wine shop. No stairs led up to the lofty height, even though steel decking seemed to indicate a real second floor.

In quick succession, wall studs and window framing formed walls and horizontal punch-out openings on two levels. The overall appearance was that of a 5-year-old having decorated a sideways milk carton to look like a house.

Continue reading Architecture review: Abominable 7-Eleven Disfigures a Baltimore Historic District [Baltimore Business Journal]

Merrick Resident Says of Proposed 7-Eleven “Big America is gobbling up small America”

7-Eleven Merrick, Long IslandVia Long Island Herald

Merrick residents articulated many reasons why they do not want to see a 7-Eleven open at 150 Merrick Road, opposite Levy-Lakeside Elementary School, during a June 10 Hempstead Town Council meeting. Town officials, however, said there was nothing they could do legally to stop the business from moving in.

AJM RE Holdings V, LLC, a company that Great Neck real estate developer Adam Mann owns, holds the deed to 150 Merrick Road. Mann and his contractor applied to the town’s Building Department in March for a permit to build a convenience store at the location. The developer plans to lease the property to 7-Eleven, which aims to have the store built and open for business by December, according to an attorney for Mann and 7-Eleven’s franchising website.

About 30 Merokeans attended the Town Council meeting, which started at 7 p.m. last Tuesday at Town Hall in Hempstead. Several addressed the Council during the meeting’s public comment segment, arguing that the 7-Eleven would cause traffic congestion and accidents, attract crime, hurt nearby businesses, lower home values and introduce children to alcohol and tobacco. Town Supervisor Kate Murray was absent from the meeting, which was one of four the Council scheduled in the evening this year.

“The important part is quality of life,” said Randy Shotland, a lifelong Merokean. “Quality of life is about why my parents moved here in 1948, to a bedroom community. We’re not in Queens, we’re not in Brooklyn, we’re not in the Bronx. We’re in Long Island … Twenty-four hours a day is not acceptable — 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., I don’t know any Merokean that’s coming out to buy a six-pack of beer, tobacco, and whatever else they sell. It affects our community … Big America is gobbling up small America.”

Continue reading Town: We can’t legally block 7-Eleven [LI Herald]


Proposed Merrick 7-Eleven cannot legally be prevented, officials say [Newsday]

7-Eleven Withdraws After Opposition

7-Eleven Freeport Long IslandIt’s a bad week to be 7-Eleven. Yesterday we learned that residents of Merrick berated developers over a controversial new 7-Eleven that’s planned. Today, residents of Freeport have successfully fought off a fifth 7-Eleven fearing it would hurt local business.

Developers with plans to build a fifth 7-Eleven in Freeport have withdrawn their application after the village board of zoning appeals refused to grant them an extension to respond to community opposition. Residents say the area does not need another convenience store.

“We just don’t need another of those stores in the village, certainly not in that area,” said Douglas Mayers the leader of the NAACP in the village and of the Long Island Caribbean-American Association. “It would also hurt many local businesses.”

Plans for Freeport’s fifth 7-Eleven withdrawn after opposition [Newsday]

Merrick Residents Berate Developers Over Planned 7-Eleven Near School

7-Eleven, Merrick, Long-IslandResidents of Merrick, Long Island berated developers Tuesday night over a controversial new 7-Eleven planned for the area. More than 100 residents showed up at the heated South Merrick Community Civic Association’s meeting to voice their opposition of the 7-Eleven, fearing the chain would be a target for robberies, further congest the area and pose a safety threat to the nearby Norman J. Levy Lakeside School.

Though the building permit application has not yet been approved and the Nassau County Department of Public Works is still reviewing the site plan, the mere idea of a 7-Eleven is not sitting well with locals.

via Newsday:

Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said an increase of traffic in the area could mean an increase in traffic accidents. There were 11 accidents in the past year at the intersection of the proposed store, he said.

But Ken Barns, 7-Eleven’s regional development senior director, said while there would be more activity at the site, “we don’t bring more traffic to the road. We just capture from what’s there.”

Skrynecki also said 24-hour convenience stores are often robbery targets, noting there have been 13 armed robberies in the area since April, including five at 7-Eleven stores. Barns said that number of robberies was “an anomaly” and the company was working with police.

Clearly Ken Barnes has never done a Google news search for 7-Eleven.

Merrick Residents Berate Developers Over Planned 7-Eleven near school [Newsday]

7-Eleven Fights Its Way Into Historic Neighborhood

7-Eleven Fights It's Way Into St. Augustine Florida7-Eleven is fighting a decision that blocked plans for a convenience store in a historic St. Augustine neighborhood.

Back in February, the St. Augustine planning and building director denied the site plan of a proposed 7-Eleven convenience store / gas station combo in the historic neighborhood of Nelmar Terrance. Residents protested the presence of the chain in their historic neighborhood saying the inclusion of a 24 hour 7-Eleven would be a traffic nightmare for the pedestrian-friendly businesses as well as the nearby Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. But that hasn’t stopped 7-Eleven from trying to bulldoze their way into the neighborhood.

7-Eleven is now fighting the decision in court. On May 2nd, 2014, 7-Eleven filed a petition in the St. John County Court, asking the court to remand the case back to the city.

Via The St. Augustine Record:

James Whitehouse, attorney for 7-Eleven, said the City Commission did not give the modified proposal for the development the review it deserved.

Some residents have fought the development because they say, among other things, the gas station would cause congestion at an already crowded area.

“It was a very political matter with a lot of opposition, and we feel like we didn’t get the appropriate consideration because of that,” Whitehouse said.

Plans to build a 7-Eleven with 12 gas pumps at the intersection were initially denied by the city’s planning and building department director in January. The main concerns with the plan were the driveway width and the turning radius onto San Marco Avenue, which conflicted with city guidelines and Florida Department of Transportation guidelines.

Despite the community making it crystal clear it does not want a 7-Eleven, the developer is moving forward with plans, recently purchasing the land at the site for $850,000.

7-Eleven fires back at St. Augustine [The St. Augustine Record]


Historic Neighborhood Wins Battle Against 7-Eleven [No 7-Eleven]