Islip, NY – Islip Deputy Supervisor Trish Bergin Weichbrodt this week announced another victory in her efforts to consolidate government space and streamline surplus municipal land to generate millions of dollars in revenue for Islip Town.
The Town Board unanimously passed a resolution to enter into a contract of sale for surplus municipal property at 275 Carleton Avenue in Central Islip at a sale price of $3,590,000.00. For the past year, Bergin Weichbrodt has led a committee to analyze the space needs of employees, the state of Islip’s 50+ municipal building and property holdings and to sell the parcels that have fallen into disuse or are simply no longer needed in the Town’s day-to-day operations.
“As we continue to streamline Town government we don’t need the space that we once did. What this Town truly needs right now is a solution to the fiscal crisis that was left to us,” Bergin Weichbrodt stated. “This land sale, and the others that have preceded it, will make a significant impact in reducing tremendous budget gaps and helps to put Islip back on the right financial track.”
As a result of the Space and Consolidation Committee’s work, the Town Board authorized two previous land sale agreements in 2012. The first came in July, when the Town moved to sell an empty lot in Islandia to Pinewood Development Company for $503,100. This initial agreement was quickly followed by the approval of agreement to sale for an aging DPW facility in East Islip for $3.2 million. Bergin Weichbrodt added that “in addition to these large transactions, smaller sales have taken place on properties in Bay Shore that have netted a combined $29,000.”
“By relieving the Town of this excess land we are not just achieving a one-shot burst in revenue. Opening these tracts of land to development puts these properties back on the tax rolls, increases business opportunities in our Town and creates local jobs,” said Deputy Supervisor Bergin Weichbrodt.
The 17.95 acres of surplus municipal land, part of a larger 80 acre tract, is zoned PDD Research Industrial, and fronts South Technology Drive off of Carleton Avenue in Central Islip. Several offers were received by the Town with the best coming from West Rac Contracting Corporation for $3,590,000.00. Passage of the resolution at Tuesday’s board meeting allows the Supervisor to enter into contract with West Rac and move forward on a closing date.
“I am extremely proud of what Deputy Supervisor Bergin Weichbrodt and her Space and Consolidation Committee have accomplished to date, and I have no doubt that she will continue finding additional efficiencies for our operations in 2013,” said Supervisor Tom Croci.