Parking garage approved
The images of the two proposed additions to Southside Hospital that were approved for a zone change by the town board last week.

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Parking garage approved


BAY SHORE—Islip Town officials approved the expansion bid during a change of zone meeting last week for Southside Hospital, which is part of Northwell Health. 

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. This publication reported on the proposed additions in the article “Southside’s growing,” published on July 12, 2018. 

Islip Town’s planning board unanimously recommended the application last month. 

Anthony Pellicone, an associate executive director at Southside Hospital, said demolition and relocation of the parking should begin by the end of this 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 needed to be alleviated. 

The town board also approved Bayport Gardens’ application to construct 30 senior townhomes on the south side of Sunrise Highway, terminus of Rajon Road, in Bayport. The applicant previously requested a zoning change from Business 1 and Industrial 1 districts to Residence C District. 

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 landscape, 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. 

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