Letter: Heartland land should stay vacant

The Heartland minicity project in Brentwood is among The Heartland minicity project in Brentwood is among those on Long Island getting support from the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council in its proposal to the governor. The agency is competing for $40 million to be given regionally. (March 2011) Photo Credit: Handout

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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
 

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