Public Hearing February 28, 2023 Roman Development






Mayor Mary Adams

Trustee Frank Seibert

Trustee Anthony Cardali

Trustee KathyAnn Miga

Attorney Matthew McDonough

Trustee Dominic Bencivenga

The meeting opened at 7:02 p.m.

The Village Clerk read the legal notice:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon will hold a Public Hearing at 153 West Main Street, on Tuesday, February 28th, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as can be heard, to consider the application of Roman Development LLC to open a retail fish and seafood market with a restaurant component at 32-36 Deer Park Avenue, the former location of Beehave and Guru’s.

Copy of application and plans may be examined at the office of the Village Clerk, between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday.

All interested persons should appear at the above time and place and they will be given the opportunity to be heard. All applicants and their duly appointed representatives must appear in person at the above hearing.


Roman Development LLC

612 Muncy Avenue

Lindenhurst, NY 11757

Roberto Nicolia

Sal Gambino

Business: Retail fish and seafood market with a restaurant component

32-36 Deer Park Avenue SCTM: 010-03-048 


Mr. Nicolia and Mr. Gambino explained the plans to open a retail fish market, with a restaurant component. The building will also include two (2) two (2) bedroom apartments on the third floor. The architect was unable to attend the hearing so the renderings were unavailable.

The first floor will include a retail counter, limited seating and a small kitchen. People can buy raw fish and leave, buy cooked fish and leave or stay and eat it in a small area with tables. The second floor will be more of a sit down restaurant, including approximately 80 seats. A more accurate number of seats will be submitted with the new renderings from the architect. The third floor will include two (2), two (2) bedroom apartments. There will be 2 staircases and an elevator.

The hours of this establishment will be 9:00 AM until about 8 or 9:00 PM. It will open early for the retail fish market aspect. There will be about 8 – 12 employees.

Trustee Seibert mentioned the concern of parking. Mr. Nicolia is looking to bring foot traffic to the Village and believes this type of establishment will do that. He is asking for relief on the parking aspect, as Uber and walking are predominant.

Trustee Cardali asked about the fire alarm system, being that this will be both a business and a residential building. Mr. Nicolia explained that this will be a single station alarm, and if it goes off on one floor, it will go off for the entire building.

Trustee Cardali asked about delivery drivers such as Door Dash or Uber Eats. Illegally parking on Deer Park Avenue would be a problem, as that is happening everywhere. Mr. Gambino said that they would be looking to install a pickup window in the back, where the drivers could park in the back lot or walk through the alley from Deer Park Avenue to get to it.

Trustee Miga asked about dumpsters and garbage disposal, as odor and rodents are a definite concern with a fish market. Mr. Gambino explained that he has daily garbage pickup at his other restaurant and that would be the plan here as well.

Mr. Nicolia said that he will submit interior renderings within the next 2 or 3 weeks so that the Board can better visualize the plans for this establishment. Mr. Gambino said that Babylon needs a good seafood place and this would be a great addition.

On the motion of Trustee Seibert, seconded by Trustee Miga and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to reserve decision.

    The meeting was opened to the public; no one addressed the Board.

    On the motion of Trustee Seibert, seconded by Trustee Cardali and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 7:36 PM.


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