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More than 300 Smithtown apartments proposed for industrial park

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A Long Island developer is proposing a $125 million mixed-use building with 335 apartments in the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge.

The building would be the first under new Smithtown zoning that permits housing in some parts of the one-time industrial hub, a regional economic driver since the 1950s that landlords and local elected officials are trying to modernize.

East Setauket-based Tritec owns the 7.4-acre development parcel at 49 Wireless Blvd. through a subsidiary. The company owns or has built about a dozen projects in Hauppauge.

"Adding housing within the park makes our other offices that much more viable," said Chris Kelly, Tritec's vice president for marketing.

"That single-use industrial park concept is not valid anymore," he said. "Having an employment-oriented district ... where you have a mix of uses inside the park, is a concept we believe in."

Under zoning changes the Smithtown Town Board enacted in August, the developer can seek a special exception for a mixed-use building in a district that is zoned for light industry. The town board has scheduled a Nov. 19 hearing for the application. The proposal would also require variances for height, floor area, parking and landscaping, according to documents the developer filed with the Smithtown Town Planner.

Read the entire article in the Newsday