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Smithtown Officials Approve Shopping Center's Expansion

Cosentino Commerce Center given permission to add 27,022-square-foot expansion within it's existing second story, bring in more stores.

 

Smithtown town officials have given a Commack shopping center approval to expand and bring new stores to the local area. 

Smithtown Town Board voted unanimously to approve PJ Venture Land Developer's plans to expand the Cosentino Commerce Center off Henry Street by more than 20,000 square feet at Tuesday's board meeting. 

PJ Venture plans to expand the shopping center by 27,022 square feet by using the floor space within one of its existing second-story buildings. This will allow the developers to lease space to and open new stores on the second floor, according to Smithtown Planning Department Staff. 

The real estate developer also requested a variance to reduce the number of mandatory parking spaces under town code, from 2,995 down to 2,578. This request was approved by Smithtown's Board of Zoning Appeals in July. 

ShopRite opened its largest store on Long Island, spanning 72,000-square-feet, inside the the Cosentino Commerce Center in January 2011. It's one of several megastores inside the Commack shopping center. 

Other recent additions to the shopping center include The Tile Shop, which sells tiles for both professionals and do-it-yourself homeowners, which opened next to Shop Rite in February 2012. 

We'd like to ask: What new stores would you like to see within the Cosentino Commerce Center? Do you fear more stores would create parking or traffic issues? 

Tell us in the comments below. 

 

Frank Imburgio October 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM
The traffic pattern in this area needs serious attention. The capacity was designed years ago for the Commack Multiplex. The is large Cosentino center is now served by only two entrances. One is through a poorly drained side road that was originally the back entrance for the original Multiplex. The other has no traffic light. Traffic routinely backs up for blocks. Does anyone know if the Smithtown board has addressed this?
Lisa Margulies-Pettersen October 03, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Enough retail already! before you know if they will take Hoyt Farm and replace it with homes or more shopping.
IMHO October 04, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Frank's totally correct regarding traffic... fix that first..... I'd love to see a Denny's type family restaurant. Does anyone khow what's going into the spot left open by Waldbaums (on Motor Pkwy)?
pbug56 October 04, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Can someone afford to bring a lawsuit to force road / safety improvements before this really happens? Even with Waldbaums on Motor Parkway closed, that's another traffic nightmare (and now killer).
VT October 05, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I stay away !
Karen October 07, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I believe "North Shore Farms" will be there in Spring 2013. Finallty an upscale type market in an area that deperately needs improvement.
Jill October 07, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I was about to say the same thing! I avoid that area because it is a mess. They need a left turn signal at the light on Crooked Hill Rd turning by Sloan Kettering into the area headed towards Target and ShopRite. This area is growing yet if they don't address these issues I will avoid the area. Why do we make so many new shopping areas when there are so many vacant buildings sitting all over LI?
Jill October 07, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I would think if it is presented to the Town we as residents can start contacting the Town of Smithtown about the zoning/ traffic concerns. Board of Zoning Appeals You can email them on their website http://www.smithtowninfo.com/TrafficDepartment/email.cfm or send a letter to: Contact the BZA C/O Smithtown Planning Department 99 West Main Street - P.O. Box 575 Smithtown, NY 11787
LennyMae November 29, 2012 at 09:43 PM
The traffic situation is horrendous. I won't go near it on the weekend. How did the plans ever get approved without making one change to the roads! Someone should be held responsible for this mess.
Jill November 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Everyone that is upset should take 5 mins to send a letter to those in charge. I did after the death of my neighbor driving on Motor Parkway. The town wrote me a letter stating what they can do, what is the responsibility of another department and forwarded my concern for speeding to the Suffolk County Police Dept. A nice police officer stop by my home last week to let me know that they know of the issue and they will be patroling the area on Motor Parkway more. Overall the replies were fast and while there are still many issues that have to be corrected. If all the people who are upset about what is going on in our town send a polite, old fashioned letter statying their concerns these concerns will be addressed in their planning or hopefully repaired. We may not be able to get changes on a large scale but locally we pay taxes, we live here and we vote. There is no reason people who live here can't make changes. I also plan on following up with my letters and addressing what is still an issue.
Jill November 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Ugh- I need more coffee...I have too many typos. Sorry :o

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