Finding real estate in Long Island can be a hard task. From searching for Long Island apartments in Amityville to Suffolk County apartments for rent, affordable housing is not always available. Thankfully, corporations are coming in to the region and creating new housing developments. However, some of the proposals for new housing are being opposed by residents in the area. Take for example the Wheatley Heights area. Colonial Springs Farm is proposing a rezoning of their property to move from a single-family home zoning to multiple-residence zoning.
The owner of the farm, Gustave Wade, would like to use his property to create rental apartments. Just over 16 acres of land would be used to create one and two bedroom rental units. Wade owns the last working farm in Babylon Town and would be using a portion of his land to create affordable housing opportunities for residents in the area.
Rental prices reportedly will range from $1,900 to $2,300 each month. 20% of the units would be considered affordable housing and have a price point of around $1,400 each month. At first, around a year ago, Wade wanted to rezone his entire property. Now he changed his application to rezone only a portion. Residents of the area are opposed due to the rezoning request as they say the density is too much for the tiny area to handle.
According to a traffic experts testimony in a recent hearing, there will be minimal impact on the community due to the apartment’s construction. However, a civic association involved has hired their own expert who says the impact will be significant.
For now the proposal is just that and it will be interesting to see if Wade is able to continue with his plans for the project or if the appropriate approvals will not be given and the residents are able to avoid new apartment construction within their neighborhood.