The proposed $4-billion mini-city that could be built at the former Pilgrim State Hospital would have a lasting effect for many people outside of the Brentwood area ["Support for Heartland," News, April 18].

I understand to some extent that this land needs to be redeveloped, but the proposal by the developer to build 9,000 apartments is over the top. If this number holds up, you could be adding 10,000 to 12,000 cars to that area.

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Even if only half these new residents drive to work on the Long Island Expressway, that would be a tremendous number of cars added to an already overcrowded roadway. The Expressway would go from slow-moving traffic to a parking lot.

John Roche, Setauket