Brandname retailer Target has not yet filed for any building permits to initiate store construction at the former Attias flea market site in Sayville.
Islip Town officials have approved the application Target submitted in late 2012 for the flea market site at the corner of Sunrise Highway and Broadway Avenue.
But as of Thursday the town building department stated no permits have been requested or issued for construction of the new store.
As Patch reported earlier this week, the flea market has closed with some vendors relocating to a new location in Westbury. One vendor, Guru's moved to a downtown Main Street storefront before the holidays.
“We are in the process [of closing] and the vendors are in the process [of moving] as they have a lot to move,” said the flea market spokesperson.
How long the site will remain vacant is unknown as Target “currently does not have any information to share regarding a potential new store in Sayville,” stated spokesperson Sarah Van Nevel, in an email to Patch Tuesday.Let Patch save you time. Get great local business stories just like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Fast signup here.
In a previous email Van Nevel stated Target typically doesn't announce a new store opening until a year prior to the build launch date.
Plans to build a Target store have been generally well received by Patch readers who have shared feedback in polls and Facebook discussions on the project. Several nearby residents however expressed concern about traffic impact at a public hearing on the proposal last October.
The local chamber organization initially appeared to be against such a large retailer moving into the community but noted in an email to members in late 2012 it is looking at ways it could prove beneficial to the downtown business sector.
Town planning officials told Patch the project does not require any further public hearings or discretionary town approvals and that the next phase is the building permit process.