Today, New York State Senator John J. Flanagan (R-Smithtown) announced cancellation of the pending sale of the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center. Displaying a letter from Empire State Development (ESD) dated January 13, 2006, Senator Flanagan said, "The prospect of building 1,800 units of housing on this unique parcel of land is permanently off the table. This is a victory for the residents and taxpayers of Kings Park, and a critical first step in finding an alternative use for this magnificent piece of property that fairly and properly considers local input and the best interests of the community."
ESD’s termination of the sale is in direct response to ongoing discussions between Senator Flanagan and state officials over the past year concerning a proposed redevelopment project to build high-density housing at the Kings Park Psychiatric Center. During this period, Senator Flanagan had numerous meetings and discussions with local elected officials, civic leaders and residents to listen to their concerns about the potential impact that such a development would have on school district enrollment, local roadways/infrastructure, and property taxes.
"We are grateful for the help of everyone involved in today’s announcement," said Senator Flanagan. "This breaking news is the culmination of countless hours of hard work and dialogue between a collection of state and town officials, community and civic leaders and the residents of Kings Park. I’m pleased to share in celebrating this great event." Senator Flanagan went on to say, "There is still considerable work ahead of us. But, I am confident that together through a spirit of cooperation we will find a suitable use for this property that complements the Kings Park community and stands as an example for other communities to emulate."
New York State Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (R- Smithtown) said, "This is an important development for the people of Kings Park, and congratulations go to Senator Flanagan for his herculean effort to bring this about. This is the first step in the process of properly redeveloping the KPPC site, but the biggest hurdle for this community has been overcome."
Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said, "Senator Flanagan has been a good friend and effective representative for the people of Kings Park and the Town of Smithtown. His leadership in helping to stop the sale of the Psychiatric Center demonstrates his strong commitment to working positively on behalf of the residents he represents."
Senator Flanagan concluded the press event by promising to continuing his work with the State, Town and community on finding an appropriate reuse of the property and to securing available resources that would assist in cleaning-up the Kings Park facility.
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