Islip development proposal to go through environmental review

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A developer's plan to construct 27 buildings with more than 1,300 apartments on a former golf course in Sayville will be subject to an environmental review. 

The Islip Town Board voted unanimously that the "proposed action may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and that an environmental impact statement must be prepared."

A spokesperson for the developer, Rechler Equity Partners, told News 12 that the current proposal at the former Island Hills golf course is the result of several months of collaborative meetings with members of the community. 

Some members of the community told News 12 that that wasn't the case. 

"It became very clear at that meeting that they did not want to hear what we had to say. People were very upset," said Donna Brown. 

Milynn Auguslis says it would be a disaster for what she calls a quiet and quaint community.

"I don't think anybody here wants that. We would love it to be a green space, a recreational space for the community. That would be the ideal situation."

A vote on a zoning change needed for the project to move forward is not expected anytime soon. 

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