The Smithtown Town Council on Tuesday approved a plan for demolition of the long-closed Smithtown Concrete Products plant and construction of a $20.5 million, 45,000-square-foot CarMax dealership.
The used car chain, which has two locations in upstate New York but none on Long Island, started an application almost two years ago that required lengthy review from town officials because of needed zoning variances and environmental issues related to the site's use decades ago as a municipal landfill, assistant town planner David Barnes said. Town officials are requiring installation of a methane monitoring system, he said.
The dealership could open as early as next spring.
Councilman Tom McCarthy, who oversaw the application, said at a work session before the 5-0 council vote that the 18-acre site at Middle Country Road and Montclair Avenue had been blighted for nearly half a century. “It’s fantastic." he said. "This will update what had been a dilapidated old site.” Town spokeswoman Nicole Garguilo said the dealership is expected to generate about $225,000 annually in property taxes.
Planning Department documents call for a showroom, service area and car wash, with 476 parking spaces for customers and inventory. CarMax dealerships typically store 200 to 400 used vehicles. The dealership would create 265 jobs, according to documents CarMax submitted.
The dealership would generate up to 33 vehicle trips per hour, with a customer entrance off Montclair Avenue and an employee and delivery entrance off Arthur Drive.
“We think it fits perfectly with Car Row,” Town Supervisor Edward Wehrheim said, referring to the string of dealerships on Route 25 east of downtown Smithtown.
A CarMax representative said she could not answer questions about the site opening because the information had to be first disclosed in the company's quarterly earning reports.
The town council on Tuesday also approved a rooftop cellular antenna array for a commercial building on the southeast corner of Jericho Turnpike and Wyandanch Boulevard. The Verizon Wireless equipment will protrude less than 10 feet from the top of the building, town planners said.