Mayor Margot Garant visited the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association meeting on Nov. 22 to speak about plans to revitilize the area of Upper Port Jefferson from North Country Road to the Long Island Rail Road Tracks, an area that is technically in the village but whose residents attend the Comsewogue School District.
According to a story in the Port Times Record written by Elana Glowatz on Thursday, "tempers flared" at the meeting as the mayor "spoke to attendees about the village's plans to revitalize upper Port."
"Garant told the audience that while developers have not yet formally submitted plans to the village, the goal is to have the developers build up the commercial plots and possibly add apartments of various sizes in the area," reported the newspaper.
Members of the community spoke about concerns about renters who might occupy the planned developments and attend the school district. Similar concerns came up .
, vacancies and have plagued the area of Upper Port Jefferson for years and the village has been putting together a to try to tackle them and redevelop the area.