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Target Sets Sights on Sayville Flea Market Building

Nearby residents voice traffic concerns at planning board public hearing.

Brand name retailer Target aims to open a new location at the current site of the Attias Flea Market, on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Sunrise Highway in Sayville, within the next year.

A public hearing before the Islip Town Planning Board last Thursday night drew local homeowners who expressed concerns about traffic issues, according to Planning Commissioner Dave Genaway, who said the project will likely get the green light once all the reviews and departmental requirements are met.

The board reserved decision following the hearing, and Genaway stated the planning department will make a recommendation to allow the use.

“There was no opposition to the store coming in, but there were concerns about traffic flow and volume,” Genaway told Patch in a phone interview.

Target, which plans to demolish the current flea market building, doesn’t require a change of zone given the current B3 zoning allows retail use.

“If this did require a change of zone the issue of impact to local business would be reviewed. But this is not about creating more retail zoning,” explained Genaway.

Target has submitted a traffic impact study that planning officials are reviewing. It's likely that a new traffic light will be installed at the current entrance off Broadway Avenue to handle vehicle flow, said the planning chief.

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The project does require some variances and will also be the subject of a zoning board of appeals public hearing, added Genaway.

At this point no future public hearings have yet been scheduled.

The Greater Sayville of Chamber of Commerce is not happy about the new store moving into town.

“We’re in a tough spot [to oppose the store] as they don’t require a change of zone,” President Bill Etts told Patch in a phone interview.

“This is another big box store that will drain business from Sayville’s business district which is already hurting terribly from the economic recession. More retail in Sayville is the last thing we need as this will hurt the little shops,” he said.

Jim October 22, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I love the idea of a Target , they are fine retailers and contribute back to the community.
Janet October 25, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I believe a Target will bring much more than 10 times the traffic to the area-as I said the flea market is not open every day & yes Broadway is much too narrow to handle any more traffic-it's a hazzard as it is with people nearly sideswiping you where the lanes merge. Bay Blue1 & SS Trash, do you live in Sayville-I think not.
Big Joe October 25, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Most of the traffic flow will come from Sunrise, not Broadway. I believe there will be negligent traffic impact due to the location of Sunrise. The only issue that would need to be worked out is the timing of the traffic lights which currently are wacked.
David Waszmer November 30, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I agree 100%.
Mark December 01, 2012 at 03:10 PM
The Attias flea market is one of the last eye sores in town! A beautiful town doesn't needed to be associated with this dingy place that sells hubcaps, crappy jewelry and tube socks. They finally fixed up those apartments on Lakeland Avenue and a the Lamplighter was replaced by a new vet. No one from Sayville shops there! I would love to see the parking lot exit on Broadway CLOSED all together. Enter from Sunrise, exit from Sunrise and spare people that live off Broadway the added traffic trying to get to Sunrise Highway.

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