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Lumber Yard Rots on Main Street [Empty in Smithtown]

Trees are actually growing inside this long-abandoned parcel.

For many in Smithtown we've heard from, the abandoned lumber yard at 102 West Main Street could be the poster child for blight in the community.

The former Nassau Suffolk Lumber and Supply Corp., located almost directly across the street from Town Hall, grows more ramshackle by the day, weathered by the elements, overgrowth and vandals.

The large windows that overlook Main Street are largely stained, dirty or dotted with graffiti, with one large window long broken and covered with plywood. The old sign hangs in disrepair, exposing the bulbs and wires to the street.

In the back of the shop, which is sealed off with a metal fence topped with rusty barbed wire, the asphalt in the large lot is cracked and in the back of the storefront is actually falling down in places.

Even the inside of the storefront is being reclaimed, as vines and shrubs are growing inside.

The long debated property was last in the spotlight in 2009, when the town lowered the taxes $7,000 to benefit owners North Fork Management. According to LoopNet, the assed value of the land is $26,440.

But the owners had already begun demolition of the property when a stop-work order was issued in February 2009. That's because the owner demolished more buildings than he was permitted to. It was a boondoggle that 2009 Democratic candidate for supervisor Pat Biancaniello tried to use to rally voters against incumbent supervisor Pat Vecchio, according to Newsday archives.

It failed, and the lot continues to rot.

What would you like to see done here?

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Rich Garton November 01, 2011 at 11:35 PM
What is wrong with the Town of Smithtown. Arent the powers to be ashamed that under their reign the town has turned into another Detroit. Right across from Town Hall mind you. Maybe some of those over salaried idiots should have been thrown out years ago.
RUBBA November 03, 2011 at 10:37 AM
So this story is to regurgitate 2009 news with updates on tree growth?
Henry Powderly (Editor) November 03, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Rubba, not much has happened since 2009 except tree growth, which is what has many locals concerned. However, we do have a follow-up planned to run soon.
Mike November 10, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Unfortunately, this property is at the end of its useful life and should be demolished and redeveloped when the economy recovers. It will sit vacant for a long time.
UncommonSense November 10, 2011 at 03:20 PM
All I can say is that it is a tribute to the youth of this town that all of the windows in this place have not been smashed and the place isn't covered in graffiti. It wouldn't have lasted a week in this condition in Brentwood or CI. Come on Smithtown, our kids deserve better than this.
Jerry February 12, 2012 at 02:05 PM
The town can make it a safe paid parking lot with lights - like in Port Jeff Village, remove the main street parking ( because it is part of the overall safety problem ) have a revenue generating parking lot across the street from town hall and this will help the businesses in the west part of main street parking lot, smithtown can use it !
Mike February 12, 2012 at 06:14 PM
This is a really good idea! The question is, who owns it, are they paying taxes on it, and does the town have a right to it. Someone owns it, and in spite of the current economy, it has value, the town would need to purchase it from the owner at a market derived price. Given how bad the current speculative retail/commercial market is, now would be a good time to purchase it. But parking like Port Jeff's off main street would be an immediate positive benefit to the area commercial retail environment. The town could charge parking fees as they do in Port Jeff, to pay off their investment.
Sara February 21, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Why not tear it down and make a park! There is not enough green space around the town of smithtown.
Rich Garton February 22, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I havent really kept up with Smithtown Politics but is Vecchio still in? That guy has got to be running around with a walker by now. I cant believe that the old Nassau Suffolk yard is still there. Hello Town Hall is anyone awake???
UncommonSense March 26, 2012 at 01:36 PM
They should move the Library to this spot or put in a rec center.
James Olson October 03, 2012 at 11:20 PM
The Town *lowered* the taxes? Shouldn't the Town have *raised* the taxes (under a Vacancy/Derelict Tax Schedule) until it became an occupied property?

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