The Long Island Regional Planning Council designated the Heartland Town Square a Project of Regional Significance in 2008. Heartland Town Square, a new planned mixed use community in Brentwood that can help address the region’s shortage of rental housing and has the potential to attract commercial activity offering additional jobs.
The project has been discussed since the early 2000s when the developer purchased 450 acres on the grounds of Pilgrim State Hospital from the state. The original proposal included 9,000-plus apartments, 1 million square feet of retail space and 3 million square feet of office space.
The Islip Town Board recently approved a modified version of the proposal. The first phase of the project, built on 113 acres would permit over 3,000 apartments and a lesser amount of retail and office space — while allowing for the town to monitor traffic and stress on the surrounding infrastructure. The height of the buildings is limited to 10 floors.
The project is one of the most important and regionally significant projects for Long Island which will expand and transform Long Island’s housing stock providing homes for young people and empty nesters.