A whole new townhouse community could arrive at the 322-acre Boulevard mixed-use complex in Yaphank that has been under construction for seven years.
On September 30, the town of Brookhaven approved an application from AVR Realty Co., the developer of the boulevard, to change the covenants in its planned development district.
With the amendment, AVR Realty Co. may construct an additional 152 residential units at the southwest corner of the site, where the old Parr Meadows equestrian trail once stood just north of LIE and just west of William Floyd Parkway.
This quadrant was slated for approximately 500,000 square feet of office and flexible space, according to a representative of Rose-Breslin and AVR Realty Co., Brian Ferruggiari.
Now the partners aim to build 152 more units in the form of townhouses, mainly duplexes with a few triplexes and quadplexes. This will bring the total number of residential units in the entire complex to 1,087.
All units will be for sale, not for rent, and Ferruggiari has said they will report to a separate owners association.
The name of the new section has not been decided. It will be released when the developer submits a site plan request to the town of Brookhaven, according to Ferruggiari. It should happen this week.
no office needed
Ferruggiari said the developer’s reason for removing office space and flex space instead of more residential properties was twofold.
“The office market is non-existent in Long Island right now,” the representative said. “COVID has made the situation even worse, and after COVID, we believe the demand for office space will be even less because a lot of people are working remotely. “
Community concerns about the increased volume of traffic associated with the project is another reason the developer wanted to change the original plan, Ferruggiari said.
“The highest traffic generator, rush hour traffic, is an office park,” he said. “People all come out of work in the morning and all go home at about the same time in the evening. The morning and evening rush hours are therefore much higher. By moving to residential use, multi-family use… we are drastically reducing our generation of trips.
a need, a need for trees
At the city council meeting, J. Timothy Shea Jr., a real estate lawyer representing the developer, said the request to change the covenants had additional benefits for the community, as well as the town of Brookhaven.
Shea said the applicant has agreed to dedicate approximately 152 acres of main pinewood just east of the project – one acre for each newly proposed unit – to the town of Brookhaven.
“Can you repeat that?” Supervisor Romaine said immediately after Shea’s intervention. “It’s like music to my ears.”