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Smithtown to hold public hearing on plan for assisted-living facility

The Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals will hold

The Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing Tuesday to discuss a controversial plan for an assisted-living facility in the hamlet. (Credit: Erin Geismar, 2012)

A controversial assisted-living facility in Smithtown hamlet will be the subject of a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday before the Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Citizen Center, 420 Middle Country Rd., Smithtown.

St. Johnland Development Group has proposed a 136-bed assisted-living development called Whisper Landing on a 12.39-acre site at State Route 25A and River Heights Drive. The developer is asking the zoning appeals board for variances, including one allowing the structure to be 49 feet high, 14 feet higher than what is normally allowed.

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Opponents say the 110-unit facility would be too large for the neighborhood, which includes houses and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. A special permit application for Whisper Landing is pending before the Smithtown Town board.

The zoning appeals board also will hold a hearing Tuesday on a proposal to build retail shops, offices and 56 apartments at the site of the former Nassau-Suffolk Lumber Co. on West Main Street in Smithtown. Developer Salvatore DiCarlo, of East Hampton-based North Fork Management & Maintenance, is asking for height variances and a permit to build apartments on land zoned for commercial uses.

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