Where did Housing Help acquire the property?
In the early1980's, Housing Help entered into an option to purchase the property located on the northwest corner of Elwood and Pulaski Roads from the then owner of the property, Max Staller. The Town of Huntington was not a party to either the contract option or the transfer of the property. On March 29, 1994, Erwin P. Staller, Martin Staller, Corrine Pollan and Joyce Niles, individually and being all the heirs of Max Staller, deceased, transferred the property to Housing Help, Inc. The deed for this property was recorded on May 10, 1994.
Can site plans be reviewed?
The Conditionally Approved Final Site Plan is available on the Town of Huntington's website under Featured Resources and by clicking "Information and Updates on Proposed Matinecock Court Development". The plans are now subject to and conditioned upon Suffolk County's approval of the Sewer Treatment Facility.
What about real estate taxes?
Matinecock Court Development will contain 155 condominium units. All condominiums will be assessed based on the criteria set in NY State Law, like all condominium units in the Town of Huntington. Today's assessment on both the equity owned and rental units ranges between $2,000 (for one bedroom) to $3600 (for four bedroom units). These rates include refuse taxes for all units and a basic STAR exemption for the 77 equity units. There is no STAR exemption for the rental units.
Are any units slated for Section 8?
No units are being reserved for Section 8 candidates.
Funding: Where is money coming from?
The Town has not budgeted for, nor does it intend to contribute funds. It is the Town's understanding that the applicant, Housing Help, Inc., will pursue multi-funding options, including but not limited to, the New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal, the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Workforce Housing and private foundation sources. The Town of Huntington is not obligated under any agreement or court order to contribute funding to the construction of the Matinecock Court Development.
Can the units be sublet?
Of the 155 units, 50% will be home ownership (equity) and 50% rental. The homeowner equity units will be designated, and required, to be the owner's principal residence. Owners cannot sublet their units. Rules, and restrictive covenants regulating ownership as well as the prohibitions against subletting will be required to be developed by Housing Help.
What is status of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP)?
The Town has been advised that Housing Help recently submitted an engineer's report to the Suffolk County Department of Health. The decision is pending. Those interested on updated information should call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
Soil Contaminants. What are they and what will be done as far as remediation?
The soil contaminants found on site are typical of those found on sites throughout the county on which a farm was located. Complete detailed information on soils and the remediation plan for Matinecock Court begins on page 17 of the DEIS. It should be noted that comprehensive review of soil evaluation did not officially become a part of the local planning review process in Suffolk County until 2006. As a result, the numerous residential developments that occurred on agricultural properties throughout Suffolk County and in the Town of Huntington prior to 2006 were not subject to the rigorous soil management guidelines now in place. Therefore, the Matinecock Court development will be subject to soil management mitigation that far exceeds the measures taken for most residential properties developed on agricultural properties in the Town of Huntington.
Remediation of soil on site, as at other similar sites throughout the County, will follow Suffolk County Department of Health Services protocols. Twelve inches of soils will be stripped off the entire subject property and stockpiled for later use. Soils will be buried and capped if remediation is deemed necessary. Dust suppression techniques, e.g., use of water trucks, will be utilized to minimize the potential for the migration of dust off the site. Stripped and stockpiled soils will be covered with plastic sheeting to prevent dust issues. Soils will be removed from the site as required for the construction of on-site buildings, roadways and other impermeable surfaces. Plans for soil remediation will be provided by the builder to the Town of Huntington's Department of Engineering Services. Those plans will detail the construction site and work to be performed; however, the actual remediation work will be overseen by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
What is the anticipated impact on schools?
According to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), 49 to 70 students would be anticipated living in the Matinecock Development. These calculations are based on Rutgers University & National Association of Homebuilders Studies. (Based on the 2000 Census.)
Who is building Matinecock Court?
Housing Help, Inc. will be contracting out the construction of the housing. The Town of Huntington will not be involved in choosing the builder or in building the housing. As with all housing built in the Town, however, the builder will be required to obtain building permits from the Town and the construction will be subject to regular inspections by the Town during the construction process.