Townhouses approved
Artist rendering of the proposed Bayport senior townhomes.

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Townhouses approved

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
3/7/2019


BAYPORT—Islip Town officials approved the construction of 30 senior townhomes on the south side of Sunrise Highway, terminus of Rajon Road, in Bayport. This publication previously reported on the development in the article “Senior townhomes approved,” published on Feb. 14, 2019, after Islip Town’s planning board unanimously recommended the application last month. 

 The applicant, Bayport Gardens, previously requested a zoning change from Business 1 and Industrial 1 districts to Residence C District. Islip Town’s planning board recommended the application last month. 

The project is set to include six buildings, with parking in front of the units. The size of the units will be approximately 1,500 square feet. 

The site will also have a clubhouse for activities and meetings pertaining to the residents, all who will be 55 or older. The property will have approximately 86,000 square feet of landscaping, accounting for 53 percent of the site. The site requires 60 parking stalls, but the applicant is providing 72. Maintenance to the parking will also be the responsibility of the homeowner’s association, not Suffolk County. 

The Islip Town Board also approved Southside Hospital’s expansion bid during the same change of zone meeting last week. 

The applicant previously requested a change of zone from General Service C District, Business District, Business 1 District, and Residence B District, to Downtown Development District, along with a town board special permit, in order to construct a multi-story parking garage on the northwest side of the campus. 

The garage will add over 1,000 employee parking spaces, leaving the current 940 spaces for patients and visitors. 

Anthony Pellicone, an associate executive director at Southside Hospital, said demolition and relocation of the parking should begin by the end of June or July. The hospital will be tearing down a building they own at the site to make room for the garage. He says construction should take about a year. 

It was reported this past summer that Southside was also looking to add a new pavilion for patients. The addition is set to include 90 private rooms, four operating rooms and 48 pre and postoperative holding rooms. Pellicone said that in order for these additions to move forward, the parking situation in and around Southside Hospital needs to be alleviated. 

Islip Town clerk Olga Murray confirmed in an email that both agenda items passed, 4-0, with councilman James O’Connor being absent.