Chelsea IrizarryFeb 7, 2018, 11:43 pmFeb 8, 2018, 2:14 pm

Tesla's interest in Nesconset location electrifies officials

Smithtown’s planning board reviews car company’s application to set up showroom at vacant site

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SMITHTOWN — Smithtown’s planning board has given Tesla their blessing to open their fourth Long Island location in Nesconset. The electric car company wants to renovate the site of the former Sixth Avenue Electronics Store which is now a vacant lot. But currently, the site is zoned as a “neighborhood business and central business,” so the Smithtown Planning Board has given their recommended approval for the change of zone to a “wholesale industry” — this would allow for outdoor vehicle storage, a feature Tesla is interested in.

They're proposing to put in a showroom and service facility. "It's a 30,000 square foot building, so it's very large,” Town Planning Director David Flynn said.

Flynn says Tesla would be a big benefit to the local economy and would reduce traffic congestion in the area. Additionally, Flynn says he thinks Tesla would have positive impacts on surrounding neighbors.

If the application is approved, Tesla would be located near the stretch of car dealerships lined up on Middle County Road.

The carmaker's application is set to go in front of the town board on Feb. 22.

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