The Islip Town planning board has approved plans for the construction of an ambulance station in Sayville.
The board voted unanimously Thursday night to allow Community Ambulance Company, which serves a 23-square-mile area in Islip and answers 4,000 calls annually, to build an ambulance station at Lakeland Avenue and Chester Road.
Dave Genaway, commissioner of Islip’s Department of Planning and Development, recommended approval of the project, citing a recent traffic study that said impacts to the area would not be “significant.”
At a public hearing last month, a dozen Sayville residents voiced concerns that the ambulance station would increase traffic on both Lakeland Avenue and Chester Road.
Genaway recommended the installation of a traffic signal on Lakeland Avenue near the entrance to the station, to be used only during emergency calls, that would guarantee safe egress by the ambulances on Lakeland Avenue, he said.
Representatives for the ambulance company did not attend the hearing, but Genaway said they had agreed “verbally” to the traffic light and some landscaping changes. Genaway said the company would be required to sign a document agreeing to the changes.
Marc MacDonell, the treasurer of the ambulance company, said the new location will allow for better response times.
“It’s absolutely a better location,” said MacDonell. “It puts us in the center of our district.”
He said the company has agreed to add the recommended flashing traffic light.
“There is absolutely no traffic impact by building this,” he said. “We’re trying to be amenable and accommodate everyone.”
The building will have a 10,000 square-foot imprint on the site, and will hold the company’s five ambulances, a mass casualty truck and trailer, and two responder vehicles.
The Sayville location would replace the company’s current headquarters on Railroad Avenue.