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.