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Posted on: December 11, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Two Million Square Feet of Commercial Development In 11 Months

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Smithtown Moves Forward with Over 2 Million Square Footage of Commercial Development, either nearing completion, approved for construction or pending in only 11 months.

Smithtown’s Department of Planning and Department Liaison Councilman Thomas McCarthy released an end of year update, citing over two million square footage in commercial development projects are nearing completion, approved for construction or are pending final approvals over the course of the last 11 months. This record, combined with the modernization or our Town Code and Creation of a Master Plan, with the community’s involvement speaks to the new administrations objective to address the Brain Drain and need for Downtown Revitalization in less than one year.


“We’re on the right track… We’ve seen this proven formula work for town’s like Patchogue. And while we’re just getting started, I’m confident that with our expert planners, Councilman McCarthy’s background in site plan & development and our community outreach work, we are delivering on promises made.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim


Commercial projects under construction total 664,787 square feet of Development. Approved commercial projects, awaiting construction total 181,524 square feet of commercial development. Projects awaiting approvals account for 563,131 square feet of commercial development. Residential projects nearing completion account for 193,994 square feet of commercial development. Residential projects approved for construction account for 217,329 square feet of commercial development. And there is approximately 279,480 square feet in commercial projects that have been issued Certificates of Occupancy.  


“Smithtown was once known to many as the Land of No… It’s no small feat that we have transformed our way of thinking for our future, providing the jobs and affordable homes for our younger generations. There’s a buzz about Smithtown all over the Island and we’re living up to the promise, thanks to the work of our Planners and the Town Board working in unison.” - Councilman Thomas McCarthy  


Among the properties being developed include formerly blighted sites such as the Smithtown Concrete plant, soon to be home to CarMax. The vacant lot that was once Nassau Suffolk Lumber and Supply Corp. is now pending construction on the Lofts at Maple & Main. The many projects address the need for millennial housing, with affordable housing units and walkable communities coming to Commack, Smithtown and Kings Park. New projects under construction for the Hauppauge Industrial park include A&Z Pharmaceutical and Bactolac Pharmaceutical, creating competitive and appealing jobs for the young business professional.


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