Smithtown Notebook: Town Looks to Remedy Blighted Properties, Planning Board Adjournments

Here's a rundown of this week's happenings at town hall.

Members of the Smithtown Town Council are looking into  properties within the town . The steps to rid the town of these properties started with a list of 19 properties considered blighted locally.

  • 1131 Jericho Turnpike. Abandoned commercially zoned structure.
  • Burr/MacDowell gas station. Southeast corner of Jericho Turnpike and Veteran’s Highway. Abandoned repair garage at entrance to township.
  • 2104 Jericho Turnpike. Abandoned filling station. Hess proposed a zone change in 2007, but the lot is still vacant.
  • Amoco station. Abandoned filling station. Shares site with Commack Car Wash.

  • Abandoned gas station. 90 Motor Parkway. Abandoned filling station at entrance to town and industrial park.
  • Abandoned gas station. Northwest corner of Route 347 and 111.

  • Hightower Homes. Two homes that were never completed.
  • Ley Property. 1215 Route 25A. Abandoned commercial building.
  • Kings Park Adult Home. Abandoned adult home with significant damage.

  • Hong’s Market. Smithtown Blvd and Chestnut Street. Abandoned commercial property that has been vacant for many years.
  • Hilbert Property. Smithtown Blvd and Gibbs Pons Road. Abandoned commercial property that has been condemned by the building department. It is considered a prominent location due to its proximity to the 9/11 responders park.
  • Bavarian Inn- Lake Ronkonkoma. Abandoned commercial property that has been lost to flooding.
  • Coffey Property- Townline Road and Southern Blvd. Abandoned residence.
  • 24 Locust Street. Abandoned residence, building is near collapse.
  • 18 Helen Avenue. House destroyed by fires, structures remain.
  • 30 Helen Avenue. House destroyed by fire two years ago, structures remain.

  • Haynes/Fairview Holding. Smithtown Railroad Station parking area. Abandoned commercial structure adjacent to railroad tracks.
  • 436 Edgewood Avenue- East of River Road. Abandoned residence. Listed owner; Church of the Gospel Ministry.
  • 7 Hadley Court. House along the Nissequogue River destroyed by fire. Building department does weekly safety checks.
  • Squireview/Breslin. South of Main Street, west of 84 Lumber. Abandoned concrete building in wooded area by railroad tracks. Considered a nuisance property.

Planning Board Adjournments

All but four items on the planning board agenda from Wednesday night's meeting were adjourned to later not yet determined dates prior to the meeting. The planning board reviewed the summer meeting schedule and adopted the May 4 meeting minutes, as well as heard a waiver request for Glanzman Plat in St. James. Durning the meeting the planning board voted to adjourn the Smithtown Fire District recommendation from the town attorney until the June 15 meeting.

Upcoming Town Meetings

The lone town meeting this week is the town board meeing Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 99 West Main Street, Smithtown.

ralph September 14, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Mr. Verry, thank you for this article. As a commuter from the smithtown train station, it will be refreshing to see a prettier structure there. But the angle that needs to be explored is what will happen to the wildlife that now makes this structure their home? How does the town plan to account for them? Especially the 5 sweet cats who i and others feed each day and night? Accountability, the watchword for this effort. Thanks. Ralph.
kathryne September 15, 2011 at 10:24 PM
The owners of the Ley property have made improvements to it- it has been painted, the windows boarded over and painted and the shrubbery trimmed up. Why is it listed as a blighted property when the owners have been trying for some time to get permission from the town and been denied? I'm somewhat cynical- is there someone else more politically connected who wants the property?
Jeff Schwarz October 10, 2011 at 03:15 PM
How about 98 Maple Av. in Smithtown? Maybe these owners are politically connected and are getting a pass.


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