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Yes, preserve 62-acre Gyrodyne site

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Photocredit from historic article by Derek Stadler [1]

This story has bee compiled by Mindy Block

Suffolk County legislators Kahn and Trotta, are proposing that this parcel becomes protected as open space. Now it's up to us to show our support too. Please sign this petition to protect 62 more acres of open space. It's located west of Stony Brook Road on 25A.

"A Suffolk County legislator on Friday announced a proposal for the county to buy and preserve as open space the 62-acre Gyrodyne property in Smithtown and Brookhaven. Suffolk Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), flanked by elected officials and civic leaders from the Stony Brook area, stood on the steps of Smithtown Town Hall, and warned that an alternative proposal for development of the property — which is now mainly fields and woods — would lead to heavy traffic and contamination of North Shore waterways and bays [2]."

On 11/13/2017 - The Environment, Planning & Agriculture Committee Regular Meeting Agenda includes a resolution to begin the process of purchasing this property as open space [3].

According to Gyrodyne, LLC, "The condemnation* resulted in Flowerfield being the majority of which is undeveloped. We have been exploring land use scenarios for this property and will work closely with the Town of Smithtown to our mutual benefit should we decide to move forward [4].

"On Aug. 2, the Suffolk County Planning Commission approved, on 48 hours’ notice, a     subdivision application that – if green-lighted by Smithtown – will transform Flowerfield’s remaining 62 acres into a sprawling commercial park. Plans call for the construction of a 150 room hotel, a 124,000-square- foot medical office and a 220-room assisted living facility [5]." This is also a great article for Gyrodyne history.

On a promising note, "Gyrodyne COO Peter Pitsiokos said the company already plans to set aside nearly 30 acres of the 44 acres of previously undeveloped property as open space and said the firm is always interested in the concerns and input from members of the community. . .If the county decides it wants to purchase the property, Pitsiokos says Gyrodyne might be amenable to a deal. 'We’ll consider any offer,' he said[6]."

Now it also up to us to show our support too. Please sign this petition to protect 62 more acres of open space.

References

[1] -https://derekstadler.wordpress.com/portfolio-2/collections-photography/suffolk/the-history-of-the-three-villages-and-st-james-with-a-modern-chronicle-of-the-long-island-rail-roads-eastern-port-jefferson-branch/

[2] - https://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/smithtown-gyrodyne-redevelopment-suffolk-hahn-1.14901208

[3] - https://apps2.suffolkcountyny.gov/legislature/resos/resos2017/i1834-17.pdf

[4] - http://www.gyrodyne.com/flowerfield_about.php

[5] - https://www.longislandpress.com/2017/11/10/homeowners-resist-development-plan-at-historic-flowerfield/

[6] - http://libn.com/2017/11/10/brookhaven-pols-civics-urge-county-to-buy-gyrodyne-land/

 



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