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Plans Underway For Possible Farmingville Arboretum

New open space project part of overall redevelopment plan for the community.

Yesterday's Sachem Business Beat made mention of the Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce holding a forum for developers to speak about a potential open space arboretum in Farmingville. According to Farmingville Hills Chamber President Michael Wentz, the arboretum project is still in its planning stage, but would be part of an overhaul of 75 acres of land near Farmingville Hills County Park.

The Chamber listened to a presentation from developer Michael Kelly at last Wednesday's general meeting at The Flaming Hearth. Kelly, who arrived with renderings and overview maps of the proposed arboretum, illustrated how the open space would be situated.

"It will be located to the East, West, and South of the Farmingville Post Office," Wentz stated in an email. "This is located across from the white, one room school house that was built in 1850 and the Farmingville Hills County Park."

The open space folds into larger plans to develop the 75 acre parcel for single family homes, condominiums and possibly retail and commercial offices. The arboretum will provide those mixed use buildings with various trees, shrubs and plants, according to Wentz.

Wentz also stated that the arboretum plan coincides with the Farmingville redevelopment plan first created in 2010, but there are still significant hurdles to overcome, such as housing regulations and zoning changes that need to be approved by Brookhaven Town.

"Residents can find a copy of the plan by visiting FarmingvilleHillsChamber.com or Brookhaven.org," Wentz stated.

Gina Chiarello January 06, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Where is this money coming from? Last summer Brookhaven almost had to close the ecology site. How sad that would have been. Should they really take on something else they might not be able to afford?
lara buscatelli January 06, 2013 at 09:57 PM
I guess the Chamber of Commerce is raising the funds because the towndoesn't have the money; they just laid off 120 people and decimated certain departments like the Youth Bureau and Senior Services.
LT Kojack January 07, 2013 at 02:45 AM
I read the entire 110 page "Vision Plan" and it doesn't mention anything about an Arboretum, However, it does make repetitive mention of changing the zoning codes in order to build a so called "Community Center" also know as a "Hiring Hall".
Smokin Joe January 07, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Since when is a Chamber of Commerce interested in an Arboretum? Sounds like a oxymoron.
Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce, Inc. January 07, 2013 at 06:58 PM
As mentioned in the article, the name of the project is called Arboretum, in the sense that it "will provide those mixed use buildings with various trees, shrubs and plants." The project is on private property. The developer of the project is willing to invest millions into the redevelopment of Farmingville. The funding is not coming from the town.
Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce, Inc. January 07, 2013 at 07:07 PM
"...the arboretum plan coincides with the Farmingville redevelopment plan." Definition of Coincides - To happen at the same time or during the same period. Since you read the entire plan, then you noticed that it stated: Build a community center in a central, easy-to-reach location that could house a place for public meetings, and activities for young people and seniors. Possible functions and services to be provided include: space for events, sports and recreation, artistic performance, medical or other services. There is NO mention of a hiring hall.
Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce, Inc. January 07, 2013 at 07:15 PM
As mentioned in the article, the name of the project is called Arboretum, in the sense that included in the 75 acre parcel for single family homes, condominiums and possibly retail and commercial offices, there will be an open space area for the community that will provide those mixed use buildings with various trees, shrubs and plants. As an active organization in the Farmingville community, the Chamber is always interested in what is happening.
Smokin Joe January 08, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Tell me how many members of the Farmingville Chamber of Commerce have full time workers employed with health benefits?

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