Affordable housing project pitched for Bellport
D&F Development, the group behind the recently opened Village Walk in Patchogue, has plans for an affordable multifamily housing project on Atlantic Avenue in Bellport. Preliminary design plans

courtesy of D&F Development Group

Affordable housing project pitched for Bellport

Story By: TARA SMITH
6/7/2018


 

A Levittown-based developer is looking to construct a multifamily housing project just east of the Boys and Girls Club on Atlantic Avenue.

Peter Florey, principal at the D&F Development Group, presented the group’s plans during a Greater Bellport Coalition meeting last week.

The project would be comprised of 30 one-bedroom units between 650 and 750 square feet, with a projected rental price of $950 to $1,150 per month; 30 two-bedroom units between 800 to 875 square feet with a projected rent of $1,200 to $1,450; and 10 three-bedroom units between 900 to 950 square feet with a projected rent of $1,500 to $1,950 monthly, Florey said. Each apartment would be equipped with on-site laundry and preliminary plans also include a 1,000-square-foot community building that would be staffed by a live-in superintendent, handyman and a part-time manager.

“It’s not set in stone, but it’s how we think things will fall out,” Florey said of the unit breakdown.

Units will be available for those whose income does not exceed 50 percent of the area’s median income, those whose income does not exceed 80 percent of the median, and units set aside for veterans and those with disabilities, visual or hearing impairments. In 2015, Suffolk County’s AMI was $80,700. “We define affordable to a range of income levels,” Florey said. “It’s nice to have a mix.”

Rents would be capped in exchange for subsidies from the state and D&F would remain the property manager, Florey said, to ensure the property complies with all state regulations. 

The property would also likely utilize an on-site wastewater facility, Florey said, and be gated and monitored by a remote security company.

The company recently opened Village Walk in Patchogue, aimed at older residents, and last summer completed Highland Green co-op in Melville. According to Florey, well over 700 people applied for the 117 units, which has a waiting list. “We rented them all in 60 days,” he said.

That figure is reflective of the need across Long Island for affordable housing.

In Riverhead, the Community Development Corporation of Long Island held a lottery last week for an affordable housing project on Main Street that is nearing completion. Over 900 applied for 45 units, officials said.

“We’re hoping to get the same kind of response [in Bellport,]” said Brookhaven Town councilman Michael Loguercio Monday morning, adding that the town fully supports the initiative. “We started cleaning up the area two years ago and now we’re trying to get businesses to come in,” he said. “Someone has to dip their toe in the water, which is what I want to encourage.”

Loguercio acknowledged the housing crisis is faced by young and elderly Long Island residents alike. “These are folks who are working but don’t have the ability to come up with X amount of dollars for a down payment,” he said. “This gives them a nice starting point to really begin a life.”

D&F is still in contract to assemble properties needed east of the Boys and Girls Club between Post and Patchogue avenues. Then, they’ll need to seek a change of zone for multifamily use from the Town of Brookhaven. Florey is anticipating a 2019 groundbreaking; the project won’t likely be completed until 2021. Changes to current rent and income estimates will not be substantially affected by the timeline, he said.

The application process would be a lottery and begin several months before the project is complete. “We’ll work closely with the state and Long Island Housing Partnership to map out that outreach process throughout the area to get the word out, and it will be a lottery, so that everyone has a fair shot of getting access,” Florey said, pending a background and credit check.

“There hasn’t been much economic development in Bellport in the last few decades,” Florey said earlier this week. “So we’re hoping that in addition to providing much-needed affordable housing, this can also provide an economic boost for the area.”