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Wincoram development project gets key approval from Brookhaven Town board

Elected officials and civic leaders gather in the

Elected officials and civic leaders gather in the parking lot of the now shuttered UA Movie Theater In Coram to unveil a plan for the redevelopment of the property. Under the Town of Brookhaven's "Blight to Light" initiative, the 17.65 acre property, tucked off the road at Routes 25 and 112 will be transformed into a mixed use, retail and residential town center community. The price of the project is estimated at $59 million. (September 20, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Developers of a proposed mixed-use project at the site of a former Coram movie theater have received a key approval from the Brookhaven Town Board.

The board on Thursday approved a wetlands permit that  would allow Rochester-based Conifer Realty to construct Wincoram Commons, which is expected to consist of residential units, a public plaza, a playground and a community building.

The wetlands permit was needed to let Conifer Realty fill in a sump on the 17-acre property.

The site at Route 112 and Middle Country Road has been vacant since a United Artists theater there closed about a decade ago.

The apartment complex is one of several initiatives under Brookhaven’s Blight to Light  program, which seeks to encourage developers to build in struggling areas.

Uniondale attorney Kathleen Deegan Dickson, who represents Conifer Realty, said the sump would be filled in as part of construction, and a wetlands area three times the size of the sump will be created in another part of the property where construction will not occur.

“It seems that this is a great benefit ultimately,” Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld said.

When it’s completed, Wincoram Commons is expected to have 182 residential units. The $55-million project is expected to generate 319 construction jobs and 112 permanent jobs.

The project still requires town approval of a site plan before construction can begin.

Tags: Brookhaven , Coram , Wincoram Commons

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