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Jul 27, 2017 5:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Suffolk County Completes Purchase Of Two Affordable Housing Lots In Southampton Town

A rendering of the Sandy Hollow Apartments.
Aug 1, 2017 4:00 PM

The Suffolk County Legislature recently approved the purchase of two properties slated for affordable housing in Southampton Town, accelerating the timeline of both projects.

The two parcels—one in Tuckahoe that will be the site of a 28-unit affordable housing complex, Sandy Hollow Cove Apartments, and one in Speonk that will be the site of a 38-unit affordable housing complex, Speonk Commons—were purchased by the county for $2.15 million on Tuesday, July 25.

A press release from the office of Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming—who has pushed for Sandy Hollow’s completion since she was a member of the Southampton Town Board—noted that with the county’s purchase of both properties, both projects can be finished within the next 16 to 18 months.

“The East End has a critical need for affordable housing to maintain both our economy and our local community,” Ms. Fleming is quoted as saying in the release. “The sites, which are in transit-oriented locations, further the goal of reducing traffic and supporting the workforce that drives our tourist economy. In light of our community’s desperate need for affordable housing, the hard work by the town, the county, and the developers on these two projects has created a framework that I hope will encourage similar projects in the future.”

Applicants Georgica Green Ventures, a for-profit Jericho-based company that builds affordable housing, and the Southampton Town Housing Authority received final approvals for Sandy Hollow and Speonk Commons earlier this year. When completed, they will be the first affordable rental housing projects in the town.

According to documents on the Suffolk County Affordable Housing Opportunities Program purchase, the county acquired the 2.6-acre Sandy Hollow property for $850,000 and the 4.28-acre Speonk Commons property for $1.3 million.

In addition to the $2.15 million from Suffolk County, the two projects were awarded a New York State Homes and Community Renewal award of up to $30 million in tax credits—the largest award in the funding round, and the only award on Long Island, said Southampton Housing Authority Executive Director Curtis Highsmith. The tax credits will help fund the construction of the two affordable developments.

The Sandy Hollow project, projected to cost $11 million, will include three two-story buildings and 28 rental units, including 14 studios, and 12 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom apartments, available to residents earning between 50 percent and 90 percent of the average median income for the area.

The Speonk project, estimated to cost $15.8 million, will consist of six two-story buildings and 38 rental units, including 12 studios and 14 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartments, available to residents earning between 50 percent and 90 percent of the average median income for the area, as well as one manager’s apartment. One building will have a community room and laundry facility on the ground floor.

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Bridget Fleming is the gift that keeps on giving. They buy up parcels with CPF for open space and they jam affordable housing into every corner. People of Southampton, think long and hard who you vote for this year. She was part of the ATH team that ruined the Town of Southampton Now instead of Pay to play with mcmansion developers, Scnhreiderman and Fleming are going with the pay to play with affordable housing developers - dangerous combination of leadership.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jul 28, 17 6:07 AM
The state, county and town are all motivated to address the housing issue. The town actually established a Community Development office, where one of the goals is to approach attainable housing equitably and strategically by hamlet. The town is actually doing a smart thing in that regard, as they are being proactive in how they want it done, rather than reacting to what developers want to do. I've been to a few of those meetings and I assure you that (A) there is no pay to play, and (B) the town ...more
By Craigcat (258), Speonk on Jul 28, 17 8:25 AM
You are certainly entitled to your opinion and many of your posts are pro-affordable housing. I am very skeptical of projects that are funded by the consortium of investors who are primarily in it for the tax credits. Sadly, I am also very skeptical of our Town Board and former Town Board as it relates to housing and planning.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jul 28, 17 9:27 AM
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I actually fought hard against the Speonk project as it was too large, and that corridor is in serious danger of overdevelopment. However, we worked with the town and got the project down to roughly the same density as the as of right yield would have brought us. So it's more a matter of being pro-fairness than anything else. "Affordable" is a relative term. Singles making $36K for a studio or couples making up to $89K for a 2 bedroom don't scare me. Can they afford a house in my community? No. ...more
By Craigcat (258), Speonk on Jul 28, 17 10:04 AM
The best you can hope for is a seat at the table and hope they listen.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jul 28, 17 10:21 AM
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Craigcat: Totally agree with your reasoning and with your assessments. I wish the Towns would looks for appropriate and reasonable properties that could be developed into quality rentals. The Reserve on William Floyd Pkwy in Yaphank has been a huge success with quality construction. A few scaled-down versions of this scheme would do wonders for the community and help to keep our youth in the area!
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Jul 28, 17 3:21 PM
To 27east staffers:

Could we have some maps, please? Just so we know exactly where these two proposed projects are located.



By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jul 28, 17 1:25 PM
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I still don't get why the town and county are involved in housing development? Bottom line is if you can't afford to live here you have to go...I'm sorry that's the way the world works.
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jul 30, 17 9:32 AM
I still don't get why the town and county are involved in housing development? Bottom line is if you can't afford to live here you have to go...I'm sorry that's the way the world works.
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jul 30, 17 9:32 AM
be very careful. look what happened at the end of Tuckahoe Lane.It was offered to locals first, how noble, for $700,000.00 then if no one bit, it would be offered to everyone else at higher prices. well, no locals bit. .I need to research more, but when this spot was first going to be developed, I was told by the supervisor Linda Cabot that that land was swapped for a parcel in Sandy Hollow ( hmmmm) that was directly over an important aquifer . The developer agreed to swap that land with the corner ...more
By clamdigger (85), Quogue on Jul 30, 17 10:42 AM
open to "residents"? Which residents? Since Suffolk County bought the land it will be open to ALL Suffolk County residents, no? Not local residents only. Good Luck with that. What is the monthly rent? Section 8?
By clamdigger (85), Quogue on Jul 30, 17 10:46 AM
Say good night, pw.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 31, 17 10:08 AM