The first transit-oriented development in Smithtown history broke ground Monday, with developers and elected officials swinging ceremonial gold shovels in an empty lot across from town hall.
This is “exactly what we need to be doing across Suffolk County and across Long Island,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat running for re-election who has gotten warm welcomes from town Supervisor Edward Wehrheim, a Republican, on previous visits to announce county aid for sewers and municipal parking lots.
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Sewer construction in downtown Kings Park is expected to start in 2021 and to finish in October 2023, work that Smithtown and Suffolk County officials said will disrupt life but pay immense dividends for residents and businesspeople when it is finished.
The $20 million project still needs approvals from county legislators and residents in the service area, said Deputy Suffolk County Executive Peter Scully.
Plans call for 1.5 miles of pipe to be laid underneath Main Street and two nearby roads, rendering obsolete the septic systems that now serve approximately 150 business and residential parcels and a 144-unit co-op apartment complex, Kings Wood community. Read more at Newsday| read more ››