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Visions for Vacancies: Blue Point Gas Station Location

What would you like to see move into the spot that's housed many a gas station over the years on Montauk Highway in Blue Point.

This gas station location, just a block or so east of Blue Point Avenue on the north side of Montauk Highway, has been home to many different companies and now and then is used as a squatter's flea market site. In its heyday it was the original home of the Sphinx which is now proudly displayed at Fontana's concrete business in Bayport.

It's got plenty of parking and even a scenic pond area to the west. What would you love to see move in? Take our poll and comment below and we'll compile reader feedback next week.

Lori May 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Why not rip out the gas tanks, tear up the blacktop, plant trees, revitalize the pond that once allowed locals to skate while being guarded by the sphinx. Let's help nature and wildlife thrive. Why does every inch of Long Island have to house a store, a bar, a gas station, condos.....? Can't we simply beautify this precious land we have left? Another store will certain equal another traffic light being installed . When is enough going to be enough! Let's take back the land.... not continue to suffocate ourselves with unnecessary stores. A diner? What's wrong with our local Blue Point Diner? Are we trying to put local businesses out of business? Let's think before we build, build, build. Let's try not to be selfish. Let's think about the good of our environment and our small quaint town.
Mike May 24, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I think we need another CVS or Walgreens... LOL
Middle Road May 24, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Please not another bank or CVS...
Vito May 24, 2012 at 02:14 PM
How about a CVS with a bank inside! I like Lori's idea. Tear it up and plant some trees.
Steven Feldini May 24, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Why dont we make it an area where Verizion workers can sit in their trucks and sleep on the clock? Wait, it already is!
Blue May 24, 2012 at 04:32 PM
lol
confectioner May 24, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I would love to have a Trader Joe's nearby by they are all company owned, it's bizarre to think you could fit a Trader Joe in that location as it's half the size. Given the water nearby it's probably not a great location for any structure but a fruit and veggie stand would be good.
H. Marx May 24, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I walked by there once on my way to the hardware store, it looked like the previous tenants had deliberately trashed the place, just like they did with Christopher's Pizza. I Your big outfits like Blockbuster never pull this.
Jerry May 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Excellant idea Lori. A nice walking park with paths and benches and night lighting. We surely do not need another store in the area. Let's keep Bluepoint/Bayport the quaint community it is. The new bank in Bayport on Montauk Highway was crazy. Like we needed another bank in Bayport.
NotWhoYouThinkIAm May 24, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I like Lori's idea. It's a pretty place if highly overgrown. Christopher's trashed their place?
Jess O May 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I live on Kennedy Avenue and although a park sounds nice in theory, I don't think it would be practical. Since the opening of the bottle redemption center on the block, there are all sorts of bums coming up and down the block, sitting on milk crates in front of my neighbor's houses, and digging through our garbage. Adding a park would give them another place to congregate, hang out, and sleep. Also, the creek is a disaster with bamboo and all types of algae growing. It's also a breeding ground for mosquitos. That would need to be cleaned up as well.
Mike May 25, 2012 at 01:37 PM
As a very local resident what are your suggestions Jess?
Lori May 25, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Jess if you read my suggestion more carefully... CLEANING up the pond, also known as revitalizing, was mentioned which would elimate the mosquitos etc. As for the "bums"? Ouch! I think they would prefer "homeless". They are digging through your garbage for recycleables. Make it easy for them and place deposit bottles and cans in a bag separate from other recycleables. I'm certain that they probably would find it comforting to lounge on a bench at night, but that doesn't seem like a reason not to do something good. The probability of the local kids making this a hangout is more likely. And with adequate solar lighting to keep the place softly lit at night (we don't need booming spot lights to add to the already out of control light pollution) that would deter people from making this a home. Let's stop the madness of building, building, building. And Blockbuster? Really? After they were successful at putting Mr. Video out of business (a local owned business), they up and moved leaving a vacant store in Bayport anyway. Who needs a BB with all of Direct TV and Netflix.
Jess O May 25, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Lori: They are not homeless. Many of them live in the group home on Montauk Highway. Also, they urinate on our lawns and drink beer in public. My neighbors and I have had to call the police numerous times and I have photographic evidence to back up what I'm saying if you'd like to see them. They do not come on solely on recycling night. They physically dig through the trash on garbage night often leaving a mess. If this was happening on your block, I'm sure you would not be pleased with the situation either. Also, cleaning up the creek will most likely not eliminate the mosquitos because there is a lot of standing water that extends a long way down the block.
Jess O May 25, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I have to meditate on this awhile. There is not adequate parking for something that would do a brisk business. I think it would be a neat idea to have some type of modular food stand and/or a place where food trucks can park. The town could take bids from vendors and sort of rent out the space. Whatever goes in the spot, I would like to see the area secured at night.
donna May 29, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I LOVE the dea of a fruits and veggie stand (seasonally of course) and during the off season, how about a tourist information booth with historical facts and info on the community and all we have to offer! This could include local merchants with coupon (maybe run by our wonderful Chamber of Commerce)??? Just sayin
donna May 29, 2012 at 03:47 PM
and while I love love love Trader Joe's, that's just plain silly. Just sayin
Steven Feldini May 30, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Yeah really. There is no way a Trader Joe's could fit there. How is that even a choice?
H. Marx June 02, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I looked in the window at Christopher's, there was actually a slice with toppings sitting inside the display counter.
H. Marx June 02, 2012 at 03:00 AM
There's a group home nearby? Would be curious where it is. I've seen a squatter in the home next to Capital One bank. The place I'm real curious about is behind the "Budget Motel", it looks like an old motel itself, real scary looking.
Jess O June 02, 2012 at 03:25 AM
It's next to the deli and across the street from the strip that has Blue Point Bar & Grill/the old Sprinkles. It looks like a giant house and is listed as some type of plumbing business but it is def a residence. The place behind the budget motel seems to be some type of apts but it IS really scary. Once during a walk down Park Street, I mistook the easement for a street and walked through there. Bad idea.
H. Marx June 02, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Blue Point is a curious area to me. I walk down there a few times per year because my mechanics, Sal & Ken Felice are there (5 stars in my book lol). I've always been curious about the "Budget Motel", it doesn't seem to quite fit in. The strip of stores where the Pad Thai Restaurant is has been an eyesore since I moved here 4 years ago, with another deserted gas station adjoining them. There are two locations I know of that are on their fourth restaurant incarnation in that length of time, not to mention many with a second or third business there. There's a "muscle car" showroom in W. Sayville, the cars are still there and there are For Rent signs in the window.
KC June 19, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Great Idea , Possibly add a small ice cream and light lunch shop and pick-nic tables
KC June 19, 2012 at 03:08 PM
look for trader joes near bp transmission?

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