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Huntington Takes Ownership of Meyers Farm Property in Melville

Seated are Councilwoman Susan Berland, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. Standing (l-r):  Joel Bergstein, Garrett L. Gray, Morton Weber, Uri Hason, Amir Chalutz and Mayank Patel. Hason and Chalutz are builders, from Deshon Partners, and Patel is from BAPS. Gray and Weber are from Weber Law Group

Seated are Councilwoman Susan Berland, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. Standing (l-r): Joel Bergstein, Garrett L. Gray, Morton Weber, Uri Hason, Amir Chalutz and Mayank Patel. Hason and Chalutz are builders, from Deshon Partners, and Patel is from BAPS. Gray and Weber are from Weber Law Group

The Town of Huntington has taken title to the 8.1-acre former Meyers Farm in Melville, the latest step in the creation of Sweet Hollow Park.

Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, flanked by Council Members Mark Cuthbertson and Susan A. Berland, signed the necessary legal papers on March 28, completing the $1.325 million purchase from Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam-Northeast (BAPS), a Hindu organization that had originally proposed erecting a temple on the site. Under an innovative, complex arrangement, the temple instead will be built on a different site that will also include 261 units of affordable senior housing.  Council Members Cuthbertson and Berland worked with Supervisor for several years on the proposal.

“The community has sought a park in this part of Town for many years, and I am pleased that we can now go ahead and develop this parcel for community use,” Supervisor Petrone said. “I appreciate the hard work, cooperation and out-of-the-box thinking from all sides that helped make this day a reality.” As recommended by the Town’s EOSPA Committee, the Town envisions developing three acres for active recreational use and holding five acres as passive parkland.

Under the agreement the Town Board approved June 19, the development rights for the five acres to be used as passive parkland are transferred to five acres of the 18-acre site on Deshon Drive that had been used by Newsday as a preprint distribution warehouse and for its business operations. The Town Board changed the zoning on the 18-acre parcel from I1 Industrial to 3M Garden Apartment, a classification that would allow construction of 261 units of housing. The agreement allows clustering that housing on 13 of the acres. The remaining five acres was sold to BAPS, which, using the development rights transferred from the Meyers Farm property it is selling to the Town, will be able to build its temple there. The BAPS temple recently received site plan approval from the Town Planning Board.

Deshon Partners LLC, the developer of the former Newsday site, has committed that the 261-unit project will be entirely for affordable senior housing, including a covenant that all of the units will remain income restricted (affordable) in perpetuity.

               

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1 comment to Huntington Takes Ownership of Meyers Farm Property in Melville

  • Viki

    I went to high school with Mark Mayoka. I would never vote for him as he was a serious bully back in CSH high school. I was over weight and all I remember was his round face with glasses taunting me.

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