A blizzard and a follow-up ice storm have set real golf on the back burner for a while, but at least there is some action on the indoor-golf front. Newsday reported last weekend that a February 26 public hearing has been scheduled by the Town of Smithtown to address an application by a local company to convert an old manufacturing building into a modern indoor-golf facility.
Simplay Entertainment LLC of Hauppauge is seeking a special exception to renovate a 1.7-acre site that includes the former manufacturing building and parking lot on Commerce Drive near Adams Avenue. The building is located within an industrial park north of the Long Island Expressway in Hauppauge.
The plan calls for virtual-golf cubicles as well as party and dining facilities, according to David Flynn, assistant planning director for the Town of Smithtown. Newsday added:
Simplay's attorney, David N. Altman of Melville-based Brown & Altman LLP, confirmed the content of the application, which said the proposal would decrease the amount of vacant light-industrial properties in town. "The proposed use is in harmony with the surrounding industrial park and will provide year-round recreational opportunities to those who work within the industrial park and live in the neighboring community," it said.
The special-exception consideration is needed because commercial recreation is not considered a permissible use under town zoning regulations, Flynn said. -- Newsday, Lauren R. Harrison, 2/1/2015
Parking and site improvements are also included in the application.
Four public golf courses are located within five miles of the Commerce Drive site -- Brentwood Country Club, Stonebridge Golf Links, Wind Watch Golf & Country Club and Heartland Golf Park.