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Smithtown athletic field hearing postponed
Smithtown officials have postponed until next month a public hearing on a proposed athletic complex at a Kings Park sand mine.
Representatives of the mine’s owner, Santilli Commercial Developers, said they need more time to notify neighbors of the hearing, which had been scheduled for next Thursday before the Smithtown Town Board.
Santilli has asked the town to approve a special use permit that would allow construction of baseball and soccer fields and batting cages at the site on Old Northport Road.
Commack lawyer Leonard Shore, who represents Santilli, said notices about the hearing must be mailed to owners of properties near the 44.5-acre mine. At least seven businesses and dozens of condominiums are adjacent to the site.
“Certified letters have to be sent to the property owners within a 200-foot radius at least 14 days before the hearing, and that was not done timely,” Shore said.
Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, above, said Thursday the hearing likely will be rescheduled for the board’s March 22 meeting, at the town senior citizens center, 420 Middle Country Rd., Smithtown.