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Forest Labs Submits Plans for Commack Expansion

Hauppauge-based pharmaceutical company seeks variance from Town of Smithtown to expand its Commack Road location.

Forest Laboratories has submitted plans to the Town of Smithtown to add more than 30,000 square feet to its Commack location. 

Forest Laboratories, a Hauppauge-based pharmaceutical manufacturing company, will have a public hearing before Smithtown's Zoning Board of Appeals at 7 p.m. Tuesday to seek building variances to add a second floor onto its 500 Commack Road location. 

In plans submitted to Smithtown's Planning Department on Jan. 20, Forest Labs has requested multiple variances to build a 32,600-square-foot expansion. The company states the expansion and renovations are for "new building functions such as laboratories, clinical packaging, data center, office and amenities." 

The pharmaceutical company also hopes to complete several renovations including a new 430-stall parking lot, expanding their sanitary and stormwater drainage, and wastewater treament.  

In order to add a second floor, Forest Labs hopes town officials will give it permission to increase its maximum building height from 35 feet to 43 feet for skylights and a cooling tower, despite being adjaceent to several residential homes. It also seeks an area variance to build its new parking lot less than 100 feet from the residential homes. 

Frank Murdolo, spokesman for Forest Laboratories, did not respond immediately to phone calls on Monday.

On the variance application, Forest Labs reports that "the requested variances are not substantial because none of them will result in any signficant alteration of the property, or for that matter, any condition that will adverse impact the users of the site or any adjacent property owners."

The company claims the expansion, once completed, will bring an additional 410 employees to its Commack location. It is not clear whether these are new employees or transfers from one of its nearby locations. 

The public hearing on these plans will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Eugene Canntaro Senior Citizen Cente

Paul L. February 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM
We'll agree if they lower the price of their drugs
James February 29, 2012 at 03:35 AM
guess you don't live near them Paul. Do you really believe you will benefit by lower drug prices? They have facilities in Hauppauge and other areas they want to close to consolidate! Not create jobs! They want to encroach on their neighbors land! I did not move out to Commack to watch it become another queens. There are laws set to protect property owners. They will destroy hundreds of trees and build up to nine feet from their neighbors back yard! Research this company and see what they do!
Matt February 29, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Tuesday? last night or next week? That's a major expansion. I like to see businesses do well in Commack, but that's a monster right at the entrance of Northern State.
James March 01, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Brian It was last night and I don't know the out come yet!
Majid Javaheri March 09, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Why should a pharmaceutical company be allowed to operate in a mostly residential neighborhood to begin with; let alone expansion and consolidation that will make Commack residents pack up and leave over the time. Commack is a prime real estate market in Suffolk County, NY. Why they do not seek to go to already established nearby industrial parks in Suffolk County? Especially since Commack does not have a public sewer system a pharmaceutical company by nature will dump a lot of harmful and toxic chemicals into the ground and surface water. They must leave Commack for good,...SAY NO TO FOREST LABORATORY EXPANSION IN COMMACK!

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