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Developer Asks Town to Drop Restrictions on Vacant Lumber Yard

North Fork Management takes first step towards building small offices and apartments on site of vacant lumber yard.

A developer has taken the first legal step towards building small offices and apartment units on the site of the former Nassau Suffolk Lumber and Supply Corp. on West Main Street.

North Fork Management & Maintainence has submitted a change of zone request to the Town of Smithtown on Jan. 15 requesting permission to remove an existing covenant on the property to build an apartment building and a office space on the condemned lumber yard.

Smithtown Planning Director Frank DeRubeis told Patch in October that North Fork Management is looking to divide the property into two buildings – one 30 feet off of West Main Street that would be used for retail space on the first floor and apartments on the second and third floors, and the other building in the rear of the property between Planned Parenthood and the Assessor's Office that would be used for small offices and apartments.

In order to construct the buildings, North Fork Management will need Smithtown town board to lift the current zoning restrictions on the property put in place in 1987.

The site of the former Nassau Suffolk Lumber and Supply Corp is approximately 3.62 acres. Originally, the front two acres of the property along West Main Street were zoned central business, while the last 0.91 acres of the lot were zoned residential. In 1987, the back acre of the lot was rezoned to central business to accomodate the expansion of the lumber yard with provisions limiting its use to a lumber yard.

North Fork Management hopes to have the restrictions requiring use a lumber yard lifted in order to build a guilding that will have a small office on the ground level with residential apartments on the upper levels. 

In order to have the covenant lifted, a public hearing will have to be scheduled before the Smithtown Town Board. A date has not yet been set. 

The former lumber yard was condemned by the town's building department in the beginning of October 2012, citing the building is "unsafe and its use or occupancy has been prohibited." 

Smithtown Planning Department employees said no official plans for construction of the apartment buildings has been submitted by North Fork Management. 

If Smithtown elected officials agree to lift the covenant on the property, the developer will need to go before the Board of Zoning Appeals for variances necessary to build, have plans approved by Town Board then take complete plans to the Building Department.

born&raised January 29, 2013 at 06:14 AM
apartments would be great for a younger crowd. Lower stores should be cafe, bars, better nightlife.
Nesconset Dude January 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Correct you are
+irish+ January 29, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Sounds nice in theory. Maybe you're thinking of the 20-somethings who grew up in Smithtown. The REALITY is you can't build apartments for "the younger crowd", just as you can't build a private home development for " the 55+ crowd". That's why the latter is in communities where the residents pay HOA fees and don't own the land. Apartments will be rented to everyone, including those with children who will go to our schools without paying school taxes. See?
The Crab Child January 29, 2013 at 02:53 PM
I'd be interested to know what the rent would be for these apartments. Everything is so expensive in Smithtown it probably wouldn't be affordable for many. Even people renting out apartments in their own homes are asking upwards of $1200. It's very expensive.
J.M.W. March 12, 2013 at 04:47 PM
I read the apartments will be "affordable housing" units. We do not need the influx of low income housing invading our beautiful town. Yes, it needs revitaliznig but just look at the affordable housing units in Huntington and Melville to see how well they went. Crime increased, home invansions increased, drug use increased. Their apartments are destroyed. Do a goole search for Millenium Hills. Not a pretty ending to what should have been a great opportunity. No low income apt. in Smithtown. PLEASE!!! It will destroy our community.

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