The first Sayville Sewer Committee meeting took place July 8 at the Sayville Library. “We had our first meeting. It was made up of individuals from civic organizations and the chamber, and we discussed the first step of trying to define the boundaries of what the business district should be,” said Legis. Bill Lindsay (D-Holbrook).
Lindsay said the next meeting will take place the end of August. The committee is tasked with suggestions of what they would want Main Street to look like.
The process includes culling ideas; then the Regional Planning Association will sift through the suggestions and come up with a viable planning document.
“I was able to secure a grant of $25,000 to utilize their resources,” Lindsay said of the RPA. “They are a not-for-profit planning group that advocates for smart redevelopment. By trade they are planners, not tied to developers, just interested in smart redevelopment. The real mission of the group is to reverse the development process; this is what we want built instead of the other way around when a developer comes in.”
Lindsay said he presided the same process in Holbrook that met over several months. “The regional planners took some of the viable ideas, did a draft, and came back a couple of times until they were finalized,” he added.
They would then be presented as recommendations to Islip Town; Islip Town would have to approve it.
One representative from each of the following civic associations is involved with the process. They are: Sayville Common Ground, Sayville Historical Society, Greater Sayville Civic Association, Sayville Rotary Club, Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce, Sayville Village Improvement Society, Legis. Bill Lindsay, Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Representative Kay Cameron, representatives from assemblyman Andrew Garbarino’s and NYS Sen. Monica Martinez’s offices and Islip councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt.
When asked about the boundaries, Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce president Eileen Tyznar said, “We decided it was important to include our West Sayville businesses to West Avenue as well as Sayville businesses north to Henry Street by the Long Island Rail Road with additions to be added, south to Edwards Street, and east to the Long Island Rail Road trestle, at the east end of Hiddink Street.
“We want to preserve the historic value and aesthetics and core values; we all said we want to maintain the small-town feel,” Tyznar added.
Tyznar said the meeting was preliminary. “We talked about how high buildings should be, parking, and our current assets, which are many,” she said. “We said we didn’t want it turning into Patchogue Village or Bay Shore. We want to maintain the landscape of historic Sayville and the feel of doing business locally with merchants and businesses.”
Lindsay said one representative from each group was sought for the closed meetings as a way to provide more clarity, but ideas or concepts are welcome. Anyone who would like to submit an idea or concept can send it to William.Lindsay@suffolkcountyny.gov.