Levy announces massive development plan

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy announced a billion-dollar development project that would bring affordable housing and an indoor sports arena as well as retail space to Yaphank.

Levy plans to turn 250 acres of county-owned property south of the Long Island Expressway into Legacy Village. Levy says the project, which requires the approval of county legislators, would take at least five years to complete and that construction could start in 2011.

Environmentalists, however, say development of the land would be detrimental to Carman?s River and the Pine Barrens. Levy denies those charges and adds the development will be powered by solar energy.

To watch video of Levy's press conference, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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