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Judge Dismisses Suit Over Melville Affordable Housing Project with up to 117 one-bedroom units on Ruland Road can proceed

The  Town of Huntington released this press release today stating that the town will not be facing legal action concerning the Rulan Road development:

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed allegations in a suit challenging the Town’s actions with respect to a proposed affordable housing project in Melville, clearing the path for development of up to 117 one-bedroom units on Ruland Road. In his decision dated July 8, Judge Denis Hurley agreed with the Town’s contentions that the allegations brought by a group calling itself the Fair Housing in Huntington Committee and other plaintiffs had been made well after the statute of limitations for making such claims.

The plaintiffs first raised their allegations about the project called The Sanctuary at Ruland Road in an amendment to a suit they brought against the Town over The Greens development in Melville. Judge Hurley dismissed the allegations and held that  “they are two separate housing developments.” He continued, “Plaintiffs have not identified a single unlawful practice with regards to their Sanctuary claims that continued into the limitations period.” The Town will continue to vigorously defend the suit involving the Greens.

In March, the Town Planning Board approved the site plan for the project, subject to the meeting of certain conditions. The next step is for the developer to submit final plans, after which it would apply for building permits. “This project will help satisfy a growing need – for housing that young people entering the workforce can afford and for seniors looking to downsize while staying in the community. Judge Hurley’s decision allows this much-needed project to proceed,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said.

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said,  “We are pleased that Judge Hurley upheld the Town’s arguments and that the developer can move ahead. The need for this type of housing increases every day.”

Councilwoman Susan Berland said, “I am very glad that the court has cleared the way for the development of the Ruland Road project. This project has been stalled for too long, it is now time put the litigation behind us and build these much-needed one-bedroom affordable units for the residents of the Town of Huntington.”

Councilwoman Glenda Jackson said. “This project will provide an opportunity for multi-generational housing, which will help keep our best and brightest young here as well as our seniors.  I look forward to the development’s progress”

Councilman Mark Mayoka said, “I am encouraged by the results of Judge Hurley’s ruling and hope that we will be able to recover the legal fees we have expended.”

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