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Sound Off: Do You Support the Islip Pines Development?

Massive mixed-use development will be topic of public hearing at Islip Town Hall tonight; what do you think of the proposal?

A 136-acre parcel of open space in Holbrook, and the controversial for it, will be the subject of a public hearing before the Islip Town Board at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Serota Properties is proposing a mixed-use development project, which would include more than 200 housing units, more than 400,000 square feet of retail space, a hotel and movie theater, on the land at the northeast corner of Vets and Sunrise highways.  

Serota says "the development will serve as a social hub for those seeking a unique shopping, dining, working and living experience." Local chambers of commerce and civic groups it will cause traffic nightmares and negatively impact business on local downtowns/Main Streets.

Let's hear from you: do you support the Islip Pines development? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Joan Sabella March 24, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Why can't they just redevelope all the abandond stores along Sunrise hwy and Vets and leave the wooded areas to the wildlife. We all moved to Holbrook because we wanted to live in a more rural style area. If we wanted to live in an Urban developement we would have move to NYC. I agree with everyone above who is against it for all the same reasons and then some.
Christopher D'Antonio March 27, 2012 at 06:19 AM
The "Main Street" for Holbrook wasn't Old Patchogue-Holbrook Road when you lived there?
Steven Feldini March 27, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I have to agree. I am not a conservationist but I am a realist. This sort of "devolpement" has been going on in Nassau County for years and it is disgusting there now. I couldnt imagine living there. The only winners in this would be the devolpers and the retailers. And last time I checked Nassau's finances have been a disaster for years. So much for progress, leave well enough alone.
Allen Wone March 27, 2012 at 07:19 PM
To all: Islip Town Board is taking public comments regarding this proposal until April 2. Write your Town Board to oppose this development in its current design. Write to Supv. Croci, Councilpeople Bergin-Weichbrodt, Senft, Cochrane, Flotterton at 655 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751
Ed Silsbe April 13, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Hi Lisa: The UA Theater parcel is pretty much all set to go. If it were not for the down economy there would be a Town/County Open space/park there for us all to enjoy. When the Developer gets (100) units in there they must donate to the Town of Brookhaven 1/2 the site (~31 acres, all of the undeveloped land in there.) which will hopefully be linked up with add'l adjacent lands for an overall ~60 acre park with over 2 miles of Trails. All the approvals are in place, they just have to start building in there & it'll happen. The UA parcel is a part of the larger effort to put together what's called the Greenleaf Trail that would wind through Holbrook, Bayport, Sayville, Blue Point & Pat. Village. If you'd like more info. about the UA Theater project and or the Greenleaf Trail feel free to drop an E Mail to uapreserve@yahoo.com That connection to the Greenleaf Trail was in part where our comments on the Serota Parcel come from. We prepared a nearly 50 page document expressing a sincere concern for the local/regional environmental impacts on the parcel, a very "dumb" example of Smart Growth. There are many outright lies & fabrications within the projects DEIS. Happy Trails, Ed Silsbe, for the Tuthills Creek Alliance Contact at: uapreserve@yahoo.com

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