The Patal family, owners of Lanzilli’s Groceria and Gas Station on Bennington Street in Orient Heights, are floating the idea of conducting a major rehab to the popular gas station store and adding a beer and wine license.
At their first initial meeting on the plans before the Orient Heights Neighborhood Association, the Patals’ attorney said the family, in return for community support for a beer and wine license, believes they should give something back to the community.
If they are successful in gaining this support the Patals said they would redo the entire facade of the building, add a second level and rehab the store’s interior.
“The facade has existed for some time,” said the Patals’ Attorney Richard Lynds. “Part of this proposal in to figure out a facade improvement that would give the storefront a more modern look that is harmony with other redevelopment projects on either side of Lanzilli’s like Dunkin Donuts and the former Kirby Rapino Funeral Home.”
The initial plans call for a whole new look to the outside of the building complete with Main Streets approved signage, gooseneck lighting and landscaping. The interior would be completely redone with a second floor added for office space and employee break room.
“This would be a project that we feel would liven up that portion of Bennington St,” said Lynds.
There were few concerns regarding the project with the most major concerning being Lanzilli’s close proximity to other establishments that currently sell alcohol.
The Patals will come back before the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council for a vote.