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Farmingville hamlet’s future to be discussed in Brookhaven

Brookhaven wants to rezone the Farmingville hamlet center, add residential housing along Horseblock Road, and strengthen the commercial development of a shopping center near Town Hall, according to a preliminary land use plan.

Town officials plan to discuss the 2016 Horseblock Road land-use plan at Thursday night’s 5 p.m. board meeting and will likely vote to set a March 22 public hearing on the issue.

The shopping center, located at the intersection of Horseblock Road and County Road 83 in Farmingville, is home to a Kmart and Stop & Shop grocery.

Town officials have already approved an LA Fitness to move into the shopping center and prefer to add another restaurant.

Brookhaven plans to recommend that the hamlet center, located on Horseblock Road between Blue Point Road and Granny Road, switch zoning designations from strip commercial retail to Main Street Business district to make the area more attractive.

Officials said Farmingville has a rich history that includes the Bald Hill schoolhouse and Telescope Hill, one of the highest points on Long Island.

The plan focuses on adding large-scale commercial development on County Road 83 and also residential development. There’s also a component for transitional areas, or non-retail commercial uses such as converting homes into office space.

Town Councilman Kevin LaValle, who represents the district, said, “It’s really comprehensive. It’s something I’ve worked on with leaders in the community and it’s a vision for what we believe can stimulate business in the Farmingville area for years to come.”

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