The Brookhaven Town Board unanimously approved a change of zone request Tuesday for Artist Lake Plaza, a controversial redevelopment project for the former K-Mart property in Middle Island.
Environmentalists have been opposed to the project because they believe it will negatively impact the health of the Carmans River, whose headwaters are in Middle Island.
The project has been halted since last October after Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko announced the formation of a study group to up come with a watershed management plan for the Carmans River. That report, which shows Artist Lake Plaza is outside the watershed, is in the process of being finalized.
The 74-acre project from developer Wilbur Breslin includes two anchor stores and a youth sports complex.
Fourth District Councilwoman Connie Kepert, who represents the area, said she’s excited about the project.
“The building of a commercial center and ballfields will begin the reinvigoration of the Middle Island community and fulfill for a commercial and recreation center at this site,” Ms. Kepert said in a statement.
Mr. Breslin is expected to submit a site plan to the town’s Planning Board for approval, town officials said.