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Smithtown mulls purchase of parcel deemed unsafe

Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio

Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio Photo Credit: Handout, 2011

The Town of Smithtown is contemplating the purchase of an abandoned parcel on its list of unsafe properties.

The site at 10 Fairview Ave., where a construction company once stood, has drawn complaints from neighbors who say it is an eyesore that attracts vandals and squatters.

The town board last week approved hiring Mineola-based Standard Valuation Services to appraise the property. The company is to be paid no more than $3,000.

If the town buys the land, or takes it by eminent domain, the town likely would preserve it as open space and tear down existing buildings, Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said.

The property is one of 20 sites deemed unsafe or in need of remediation by town building inspectors. The town has approved plans to raze buildings at some sites or clean the properties at the owners’ expense.

Town officials believe the Fairview Avenue property, adjacent to the Smithtown railroad station and less than a mile from Town Hall, has little value because it is “landlocked,” Vecchio said. He said the land’s owner, Fairview Holding Corp., of Westhampton Beach, appears willing to sell the property to the town. The company could not be reached for comment.

Judy Weisman, a neighbor of the property who has complained to town officials, said she supports the plan. “I think if the town bought that and cleaned it up .?.?. and then let it go back to nature, I think that would be a good thing,” Weisman said in an interview.

 

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