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We are happy to advise you that the development of the property behind the Shell station between Routes 25 and 21 that was approved by the Town Board in 2005 for multi-family apartments is moving forward.  As you may recall, the property was incorporated into the MCR Land Use Plan in 2005 for development of multi-family residential houses.  Since the project was presented to MICA last year, the development plans have been slightly modified.

The developer, Scalamander Development, whose principal is Sam Glass, and his consultants met with the MICA Board on October 9, 2018 to discuss the Project.   Mr. Glass is an experienced developer who has developed townhouses in South Carolina, renovated the Aqualina Inn in Montauk and, more recently, developed a luxury apartment building at 40 Division Street, Farmingdale (next to the LIRR) and renovated two existing stores located at 155 Main Street, Farmingdale.

As was presented in 2017, the project still consists of 8 buildings with a total of 96-units.  This number was approved by the Town Board in 2005.  The 2 buildings at the center of the property will be 3-stories in height with the 6 buildings on the outskirts of the property being 2-stories in height. The buildings will feature a mix of 72, 1,000 square foot 2-bedroom units and 24, 700 square foot 1-bedroom units.  Unlike the prior plan, there will be no 3-bedroom units on the property.

The total lot area of the property is 13.35 acres; however, the developers is dedicating more than half of the property – approximately 6.8 acres – to the Town of Brookhaven for wetlands preservation and the expansion of Renaissance Boulevard to connect Middle Island Road with Rocky Point Road.  The dedication is over 2 acres more than the 4.52 acres proposed in 2017 and includes the wetland once known as Pfeiffer’s Pond and the western access to the underground culvert for the tiger salamander.  Additionally, the project calls for .2 acres of the property to be dedicated to Suffolk County for the widening of Rocky Point Road.

This project is starkly different from Renaissance Village.  This will be a market-rate project that will feature high-end materials including Hardie Board siding and granite countertops.  As required by the Town, the project will include approximately 13 affordable units.

The project will feature over 20,000 square feet of recreation area.  The recreation area will include an inground pool, a recreation building, barbecue area, community garden, tot play area, and game area with bocce ball, horse shoe pit, chess and checkers.  A fitness trail will be constructed around the perimeter of the property with fitness stations throughout the trail.  Additionally, sidewalks have been proposed along Middle Island Road, Rocky Point Road, and the Renaissance Boulevard extension.

All stormwater runoff will be retained on site and the developer will be entering into a sewage treatment agreement with the owners of Sandy Hill to utilize its existing sewage treatment plant.

The developer and his consultants will be at the next MICA meeting on Thursday, October 18th at the Longwood Public Library to present the project.

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A proposal for a 96 unit, market-rate apartment complex was presented to Middle Island Civic Association members at its March 28, 2017 meeting.  Jeremy Longo of Belfor  Property Restoration explained that this project will be situated at the northwest corner of Rts 25 and 21,  behind the Shell station on property owned by Sam Glass where remnants of an illegal sand mine are still visible.  The parcel is part of the trifecta of properties, along with Sandy Hills and old Kogel,  originally identified for development of a hamlet center by the community in the visioning charettes of 2002; these were incorporated into the MCR Land Use Plan in 2005. Residents may recall seeing signage for “Town Homes Coming Soon” back in 2008 and 2009. The plan discussed will use the new sewage treatment plant at Sandy Hills, and all storm water runoff will be retained on site.   It consists of eight buildings, six  2-storeys and two 3-storeys, the majority being one- and two- bedroom units along with a small number of three-bedroom rentals.  These are not being marketed or financed as affordable or special needs units.  Walkability — and the necessary sidewalks — are important aspects of this project. The plan features a recreation building, outdoor pool, hot tub, and playground. Entrance to and exit from the complex will be via a new road, Rocky Island  Way, which the developer will construct to align with Renaissance Blvd on the east side of  Rt 21.  Perhaps most importantly, a traffic light will also be installed by the developer at this new intersection.  MICA awaits additional info on rental prices, floor plans, anticipated numbers of school age children, and increased tax revenues. More than a third of the parcel, the southern most 4.52 acres,  will be retained as open space and dedicated to the Town of Brookhaven.  This area includes a wetland once known as Pfeiffer’s Pond, as well as the western access to the under-road culvert for the endangered tiger salamander, required by the DEC.

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