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.

RC January 25, 2013 at 02:02 AM
please no apts . TY
Ammie January 25, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Main Street in Smithtown looks like the ghetto....empty stores everywhere. I moved out here in 1997. I cannot believe the difference. At this point, I'd take apartments over empty store fronts any day.
ScrappingMom January 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM
No apartments please....too much traffic
WOODY11780 January 25, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Sara January 25, 2013 at 02:41 PM
We need restaurants and small cafe's!. No more office buildings that will go out of business. We need shops that will get people back onto Main Street and excited to be in Smithtown.
Nesconset Dude January 25, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Agreed. Restaurants, cafe's, small shops, things that bring business. I can't necessarily say we need more people here, but apartments can go above these location. Office buildings are an ugly waste of space.
mwood January 25, 2013 at 04:51 PM
just like my town city ordinances are designed to raise money even if the downtown is a ghost town
Kristian January 25, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Keep shoooting down business that want to open up here, such as SONIC.
Nesconset Dude January 25, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Yes, because Sonic would have been quite the icon of culture, right? More like the icon of high cholesterol and clogged arteries.
Sara January 25, 2013 at 07:15 PM
No one wants a Sonic.
Nesconset Dude January 25, 2013 at 07:47 PM
You'd swear some folks won't be happy until the entire Smithtown area has developed it's own special trashy motif.
We Heart Long Island January 26, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Nesconset Dude = Simpleton
Nesconset Dude January 26, 2013 at 01:50 AM
@We Heart - LOL! I can't even get agitated by your trollish behavior, you're too funny and really have nothing to add. You're just peeved because you know deep down inside that I'm right. Please keep in mind, as the taxpayers become more educated and organized they will fight the sprawl that aims to ruin their nighborhoods and keep the garbage out. We don't pay top dollar to have exhaust pipes pumping fumes into our back yards.
Argile January 26, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Dude, ignore the troll. This is the same fool that was harassing people on the Newsday forums and started posting under your own name. It was so easy to figure out who it was. Very sloppy. Confirmed it by IP address too just to be sure. Haven't see you post on the Newsday forums in a while We Heart. How come? LOL!
Phil January 26, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Heres an idea, since you like the idea so much, raise your hand and ask the board to rezone your neighborhood and put SONIC on YOUR street corner.
Nesconset Dude January 26, 2013 at 01:46 PM
@ Robkoz - Under my name? Now that's lame, pathetic even. My definition of simpleton in this context: lazy, fast food eating, glutenous couch potato whose idea of a night out with the family is a trip to Sonic, because Checkers was soooo last week and their food jsut isn't quite greasy enough.
We Heart Long Island January 26, 2013 at 07:10 PM
@robkoz - so first you broke into Patch and Disqus computer systems to get the IP of the posters. Then since we all know both IP addresses would be CVC, you broke into CVC's system or got a court order to have them expose the local IP address to you. What a tool. Stick to changing bedpans.
Argile January 26, 2013 at 09:38 PM
LMAO!! Congrats on admitting to everyone that you're a loser that has nothing better to do than harass people! What a sloppy, sloppy troll you are. Stick to shucking fries at McDonalds. Hey, maybe you can upgrade your career at the new Sonic in Smithtown!!
Argile January 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM
BTW, what's your newsday handle this week? downgrademusic, ffiore1? LOL pathetic troll.
Christopher McNamara January 27, 2013 at 04:57 PM
There are so many empty buildings on Main Street. If a business wants to take a shot at opening their business in our town, then they should be allowed the opportunity. As long as they are not jeopardizing the environment, then it is a win win.
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?
K.A.C. 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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