The Town of Smithtown has chosen Tritec Real Estate as master developer for a transit-oriented development plan for part of its downtown.
East Setauket-based Tritec was one of several development firms that responded to a request for qualifications that the town issued in the spring to “conduct a study and formulate a transit-oriented development (TOD) plan for the revitalization of a portion of downtown Smithtown.”
The town’s draft Comprehensive Plan released in 2019, recommended creating a TOD zone between the Long Island Rail Road tracks and Manor Road, bordered by Landing Avenue. It also recommended multifamily housing development on the north side of the tracks “to serve as a transition” between Smithtown’s downtown and the single-family residential neighborhood.
In addition to the planning efforts, a Suffolk County project to connect Smithtown’s downtown with the county’s Sewer District #6 in Kings Park will be an integral piece to revitalizing the area. Once completed, it will increase wastewater capacity to allow expansion of restaurants and businesses and pave the way for new multifamily developments.
It’s possible that Tritec will also be involved in Smithtown’s planned sewer expansion, since it has prior experience working with municipalities on wastewater infrastructure. The company built the Town of Brookhaven Sewer District #1 that feeds the 1 million-square-foot Stony Brook Technology Center, as well as Brookhaven’s Sewer District #2 at the 80-acre Brookhaven Technology Center in Shirley. Most recently, Tritec brought 1.5 million gallons of wastewater capacity to its Station Yards project in Ronkonkoma.
“We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to work on the continued revitalization of Smithtown’s Main Street,” said Chris Kelly, Tritec’s vice president of marketing. “Many Tritec employees live in the town and care deeply about the community. We will bring the same passion and energy that we have been able to bring to other Long Island downtowns, work closely with all of the stakeholders, help the town realize its vision, and generate investment and economic activity in the downtown.”
For more than a decade, Tritec has spearheaded the development of transit-oriented multifamily housing projects that have helped downtown revitalization efforts on Long Island. Its first was New Village, a $108 million mixed-use project that brought 291 apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail to the Village of Patchogue and has served as a catalyst for the village’s downtown revitalization.
After New Village, Tritec built the $45 million, 112-unit Shipyard at Port Jeff Harbor, which opened in 2017; and the $103 million, 260-unit rental complex called The Wel in Lindenhurst, which opened in 2021. Just this week, the company welcomed the first move-ins at its 418-unit Shoregate apartment development in downtown Bay Shore.
Currently, Tritec is deep into its $1.2 billion Station Yards project aimed at revitalizing some 53 acres around the Ronkonkoma LIRR station into a vibrant walkable mixed-use community. When completed, the development will have 1,450 apartments, 195,000 square feet of retail space, and 360,000 square feet of office space.
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