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No Building Permits Issued as Yet for Sayville Target

Retailer proposal in planning stage as Attias Flea Market shutters.

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.

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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.


jennifer cunzio April 05, 2013 at 11:58 AM
im am a town resident and live right behind the site for the new target and my neighbors and i are excited to have a new target instead of the eye saw that plagued us for years. as for traffic i dont think there will be any problem with traffic as there is no problem with the other sides of the streets were the other stores are.its about time we have some big stores around hear we need them .we have to travel every where else .im looking foward to finally haveing something close. cant wait till target starts to build i hope its soon. the next time there is a meeting we would like to be informed.!!!
jennifer cunzio April 05, 2013 at 11:59 AM
maybe they should have thought out the million pharmacys we have in town or the barber shops or salons for that matter who approved all of those?


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