By Andrew Wroblewski
Bissett Nursery in Dix Hills has reportedly been conditionally sold to Georgia-based landscape firm SiteOne Landscape Supply. The sale is contingent on approval of zone changes the Huntington Town Board is considering as part of a proposal to build a senior center on part of the land, according to the attorney of neighboring property owners.
The nursery, located at 470 Deer Park Ave., is spread across two of three parcels, both of which are being eyed by Brightview Senior Living for the planned 174,557-square-foot senior center.
The third parcel is owned by Anthony Natale and Mark Palumbo, owners of Island Design and Garden Country Nursery. Andrew Campanelli, the attorney representing Natale and Palumbo, said on Monday that Brightview has a contract in place to secure Bissett’s two parcels of land if the town board approves zone changes of R-40 residential to R-HS residential health services.
If the board approves the changes, then Brightview will move forward with its plan to build the senior center, Campanelli said. If the board doesn’t approve the change, then the sale to SiteOne would go through, he said, and his clients would likely look to sell their land, which is also occupied by tenant Bella Casa Floral Design.
Anthony Guardino, the attorney representing Brightview, could not be reached for comment before deadline Wednesday. Requests for comment to Bissett Nursery and SiteOne were not returned before deadline Wednesday.
As of Wednesday, Financial terms of the conditional sale, which also includes Bissett Equipment Companies, were not disclosed. Along with the Dix Hills location, the sale also includes Bissett’s two locations in Holtsville, where it is headquartered, according to a statement released by SiteOne.
Bissett, founded in 1963, is a distributor of nursery, hardscapes and landscape supplies, and sells, rents and repairs landscape equipment.
SiteOne, a spin-off of John Deere Landscapes, is an international wholesale distributor of landscape supplies.
Editor’s note: There will not be a public hearing on the proposed zone changes at the Aug. 16 Huntington Town Board meeting. The print version of this story, published Aug. 11, mistakenly states otherwise.