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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.

LDD October 18, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Main Street will still be used by those who love to browse the small shops and can truly afford to shop in town. Lots of people can't. I welcome a Target store.
Vito October 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM
To those concerned about Main St. Sayville, could you really meet all your shopping needs there? I know I can't. The only general merchandise store there sells the same made in China stuff the big boxes sell, only at inflated prices with a much smaller selection. I don't see Target being a competitor for Main Street Sayville shops.
Mary October 18, 2012 at 01:22 PM
A Whole Foods or Trader's Joe's would be great, but would hurt Cornucopia in Sayville, although I'd welcome either. Good riddance to that Flea market, it's disgusting, and adds nothing to our area. I'd love a Target there. I don't think it'll hurt the local shops too much. I can't get things at Target that I can get at Rumpelstiltskin Yarns, A Basketful, Kay Cameron Jewelry or any of the other lovely shops downtown.
Denise Karl October 18, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I agree. I don't believe that Target will impact the specialty stores on Main street, but will clean up the area on Sunrise and offer additional employment opportunities to our teens. I welcome it.
Stacey O'Malley Caporaso October 18, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I love Target. There, I said it. But before we get all worried about the destruction it will bring to our downtown area, let's think about what it offers and what our wonderful shops have to offer... To me, Target is a go-to for items such as cosmetics, groceries, baby care products, household cleaners, greeting cards, personal grooming items, and pet supplies... All in all, it serves as a supermarket and drug store for my family. I am not going there to buy my running sneaker, footwear for my son, gifts for friends and relatives, dresses for special occasions, classic pieces for my wardrobe, gourmet foods and candies, and my secret addiction to all thing that say "Sayville" on them (especially sweatshirts!) among many, many other items. My point is that Target is most likely coming (and thankfully, the yucky flea market is coming down!) and as long as we buy things from it that will not hurt our shopkeepers, it should be just fine and maybe even draw people who have never really been to Sayville here and encourage them to go further in to explore it. Wishful thinking..? Perhaps, but this is how I am personally going to deal with it and hope that others may subscribe to this mindset as well.
Kmichel October 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Too bad we couldn't bring back 2002, a place for the teenagers to go to rather than all the partying! on another note I'm perfectly fine with Tarjayyy coming to Sayville! ☺
Mimi October 18, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Long before the Flea Market and 2002, that space was Billy Blake's Department Store. I don't think that had any affect on downtown Main St businesses then, and I doubt a Target would now. I welcome Target and look forward to that eyesore of a flea market finally being gone. Is anyone even shopping there anymore?
SoMo October 18, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Our town has survived having a KMART up the road, why wouldn't it survive Target? There is NOTHING I buy uptown that can be found at Target.
SoMo October 18, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Whole Foods or Trader Joe's are free to move into the bordered up Borders store.
ewqr October 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Target in Sayville will mean fewer folks have to go to Nesconse Hwy or Bay Shore to shop, meaning more folks stay in area and find downtown Sayville also convenient for shopping and dining... a win win
ewqr October 18, 2012 at 05:40 PM
A smart move. Target and downtown Sayville will become a destination!!!
ewqr October 18, 2012 at 05:44 PM
The blight of the flea market will be gone. If you are driving to Target from Bohemia, Patchogue or Holbrook for example why not tie it in with a trip to walkable quaint downtown Sayville.
SS Trash October 18, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Ok joe I'm in on the whole foods trader joes idea but how do we get them interested?
Patti Collins October 18, 2012 at 05:56 PM
ANYTHING is better than that awful flea market!!!! Target wouldn't take business away from Main Street. A Trader Joe's would be great too! I liked the previous comment about something for teenagers to do- a roller skating rink might be cool in a retro sort of way :). Let's make this new business go up soon and improve that entire corner!
James H October 18, 2012 at 09:47 PM
This means the Flea market might have to take down their christmas decorations :(
Karen Murphy October 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Who needs another supermarket in the area. We have stop and shop across the street as well as pathmark! We need a real store to shop in and Target fits the bill! Downtown Sayville offers very little in realistic shopping and anyone who already frequents main street still will. I no longer have to travel 20 to 25 minutes to buy my kids clothes!
Donna Arlotta October 18, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Very well put. Target would not hurt the small store there business is mostly from visitors. They are expensive . Don't get me wrong I love our village and do occasionally shop there but on a daily basic it is to expensive. All I can say is YEAH for Target!!
tony October 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Target may bring more or better people to our area then the flea market has attracted in the past that would bring more bussiness to town for both shoping and dining
Gale Tiedemann October 19, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Part of the value of our real estate comes from the uniqueness of our downtown stores. The Sayville Chamber of Commerce provides the year round activities that so many of us enjoy. We do not need another threat to their existence. Are we so incapable of driving a few miles to get to a Target or Home Depot? We do not need all of these box stores within 10 minutes of our homes. Again we are looking at convenience instead of quality - quality of products and quality of life. Visit your downtown area, shop in the stores, and remember why people say that Sayville is such a unique place to live.
Janet October 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I worry about the traffic along the south service road of Sunrise Hwy. & Broadway especially on weekends. I live on Loop Drive & it's already hard to pull onto Broadway at times. Also, I'm concerned about Loop Drive becoming more of a short cut to Broadway by people trying to avoid the congestion Target will cause. Cars already fly through my street and ignore the stop signs. I agree the flea market is an eyesore & I never shop there, but it's not open every day like Target. A Trader Joe's should have been considered for downtown Sayville instead of Walgreens-it would be a destination for people from all over and bring more people to our lovely town area.
Mary October 20, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Anything I buy in downtown Sayville, I can't get at Target. Similarly, anything I'm going to buy at Target I either can't get, or can't afford to buy in Sayville. They are two totally different shopping experiences, and should be able to co-exist quite nicely.
Mary Zampaglione October 21, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I would love a trader joes or whole foods to move in, but that's not going to happen. The next best thing would be a target. I am excited!
BayBlue1 October 22, 2012 at 12:15 AM
How could this possibly put a dent on Main Street stores? I would love to hear some examples. I do not see any competition. You either shop on Main Street now, or you are driving to one of the other box stores, end of story. Not even close on products and offerings. And the traffic arguments are weak, of course there will be 10 times the amount of traffic, but 10 times the amount of people using that flea bag market is not much, and it is on a major highway. cmon.
SS Trash October 22, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Amen brother......... Enough Sayville it's Sunrise hwy let it go......
SS Trash October 22, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Or you could just make it part of the Grange.......
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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