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Nesconset residents were sharply divided over Amber Court Assisted Living Community's plans to build on Lake Avenue in March 2011.


Smithtown officials will host a public hearing on proposed plans to build a 90,000-square-foot assisted living community in Nesconset which has already stirred up controversy among local residents. 

Smithtown Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the plans for Amber Court Assisted Living Community 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Citizen Center on Middle Country Road in Smithtown. 

Amber Court Assisted Living Community will present its plans to build a three-story building on Lake Avenue in Nesconset for senior citizens and the elderly. The proposal sharply divided the community when first raised before Smithtown Town Board in March 2011. 

"Please note that I am not against any construction that assists the elderly, brings additional taxes, helps our economy with the creation of jobs and brings income into our town, but in my opinion the location of the site is really not appropriate," said Nesconset resident Peter VanDerlaske in March 2011. 

Homeowners raised concerns about the assisted living facility would increase the volume of traffic along Route 347 and creating more accidents on an already deadly intersection.

However, Robin Marks, director of Community and Resident Relations at Amber Court Assisted Living Communities, said that any building would have minimal impact on local traffic as its residents do not drive. 

Residents have the chance to speak their opinion on either side of this issues on Wednesday night. 

Nesconset Dude December 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Another inappropriate spot for another business. Two stories, maybe. 3 stories though? I feel bad for the residents in that location. It'll be a great bookend to the garden apartements they want to build up the street.
NesCon Res December 20, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Its funny how all of the builders and "community and residential relations" representative always state that their building will have minimal impact on the local traffic. What will happen to local traffic if all of these projects get approved? They hid behind these bogus statements and treat the towns people as morons.
EPG December 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Oh, the builders always present the fantasy scenerio. You know, in this case, the residents at the facility won't have cars because they don't drive. Know one will be working at this facility with cars, there will be no deliveries to this facility, and there will be no visitors because this is just a place to dump old folks. Garden apartments won't generate traffic, either. Did you know that? The developer's study said so. To go even further, the Heartland project in Brentwood, that mini-city they want to build, won't snarl the entire Island, either, because it will be self contained and no one living in this modern Long Island utopia will need to commute and, if they do, there will be buses. This stuff is almost comical.
parent December 26, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Where are the garden apartments planned for?


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