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Smithtown Officials Eye Blighted Buildings, Nesconset Assisted Living Facility

Smithtown Town Board will hold its first 2013 meeting on Tuesday at Town Hall.

Smithtown Town officials will consider the clean up of several blighted properties across town as well as construction of a Nesconset assisted living facility on Tuesday. 

Smithtown Town Board will host three public hearings all related to the clean up of four blighted properties at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall. The property owners will be offered the opportunity to plea their case and local residents a chance to comment on the garbage and decay of these buildings is affecting their community. 

The four properties at stake are: 30 Helen Avenue in Smithtown, owned by James Chitty and Jessica Ott; 7 Hadley Drive in Smithtown, owned by Richard and Maria Collaro;  and 77 and 81 Main Street in Kings Park owned by Frederic Powell - commonly referred to as the Hightower Homes. 

The four homes were featured on the town's blighted properties list created by town councilmen Robert Creighton, Kevin Malloy and Edward Wehrheim in June 2011.

Furthering the fight against blight, town board consider scheduling a public hearing for possible cleanup of 21 Heather Drive in Kings Park. In December 2012, Kings Park residents claimed

Smithtown officials will also vote on plans to build Amber Assisted Living Facility off Lake Avenue in Nesconset. The facility's total size will be approximately 90,000 square feet, which includes living quarters and a separate sewage treatment plant. 

Click here to read Smithtown Town Board's full agenda for their Jan. 8 meeting on the town's website. 

Jeanne January 08, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Why can't the now closed Nesconsett Elementary School be converted to an assisted living?
Nesconset Dude January 08, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Because it's sure to be re-opened as a school again at some point. Great Hollow was closed for a while and utilized as a police academy for a few years, but that did not require the major modifications that an assisted living facility would. Also, even though I don't agree with this monstrosity being placed on Lake Ave., it's a more suitable location than on Gibbs Pond Road.
John K Massaro January 08, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Agreed. The cost of converting the school into suitable living arrangements would probably surpass the cost of building a new structure. The school building & it's supporting infrastructure (electric, heat, water, waste management) wasn't designed for 24/7 use & would all have to be upgraded...
Argile January 08, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I doubt the school will be re-opened. There will never again be an influx of families like there was in the 90's. Which is one of the reasons why Great Hollow had to be opened along with HS East. In time GH and HSE will be closed down again but this time permanently. The current housing prices and property taxes will make sure of that.
Nesconset Dude January 08, 2013 at 06:41 PM
So are we saying that Nesconset is going to turn into a ghost town?
John K Massaro January 08, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Rob makes a pretty good point there too. There's a reason why they closed that school down to begin with. With the way Long Island is taxing it's residents into Pennsylvania & points west, I'm not expecting a mass exodus back to Long Island from working-class families any time soon. Indian Head School in KP closed in 1980 & remained vacant for almost 20 yrs before they finally decided to raze it & sell off the property...
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