Smithtown Breaks Ground on First Transit-Oriented Development

Vision was out this week at the groundbreaking for a 71 unit downtown redevelopment project in Smithtown.

What made this event an incredibly special occasion was that we were in the Town of Smithtown.  For decades the Town was simply not open to creative redevelopment on the Main Street’s within the Township. That has clearly changed.

Dubbed the Lofts at Maple on Main, the $18.2 million project will be built on the former site of the Nassau-Fuffolk Lumber & Supply Corp.  Located across from town hall, the development will include a three-story building on Main Street with 71 one- and two-bedroom apartments on the top floors and 15,000 square feet of retail on the bottom.  It will also be located just a short walk away from the Smithtown LIRR and downtown Village of the Branch.

“They want to live in environments with vibrant downtowns and to put the housing here, which gives them access to shops and the train station and it helps the small businesses,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said.

Credit belongs to Town Supervisor Ed Werheim and his team, who were all in attendance including Councilpersons Thomas McCarthy, Lynne Nowick, Lisa Inzerillo and Tom Lohmann.  Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone headlined the event with the Supervisor to continue to show support for these types of developments.  Developers Anthony DiCarlo and contractor Andrew Zucaro updated the group on project details as well.

“Walkable downtowns, where there are restaurants and pubs, where they can walk rather than drive and they want to live in an apartment,” said Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim.

NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick spoke in support of the project as well as Mario Mattera, local resident and from the Plumbers Union, and Vision’s Director Eric Alexander.  The project will include affordable units and pay upwards of 250,000 in taxes for a lot that has long been vacant and generate 50 jobs. This “groundbreaking was truly groundbreaking” in more ways than one.

“There’s events and activities and vibrancy to a town center,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.

Check out further coverage from Newsday and CBS 2.