BROOKHAVEN One of the only large open parcels of land in Brookhaven is a step closer to becoming a shopping center.

The borough approved zoning changes and preliminary development plans last week for a controversial proposal to build a supermarket and retail space.

Some residents have spoken out against the development, arguing that their borough has little remaining open space and many vacancies in its existing shopping centers.

The property, on Edgmont Avenue, is owned by the Chester Water Authority and also holds a baseball field leased by the borough. The water authority plans to sell the property to New Jersey-based Retail Sites.

No timeline is set for construction; the developers still must present final plans to the council, said Borough Solicitor Mike Maddren.

- Laura McCrystal