Regarding the editorial supporting the Heartland Town Square at the former Pilgrim State Hospital -- that project is not smart growth at all ["A beating heart at Pilgrim," May 4].

New York State sold more than 400 acres of public land that should have been left vacant for recharge of our aquifer.

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Instead a developer will make a financial killing by creating an artificial new mini city, which will strain existing infrastructure.

Real smart growth would be rehabilitating existing downtowns, centered around rail stations, and preserving precious vacant land for our children's and grandchildren's health.

John P. Rooney, Southold