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Plans Progress for Senior Units, Self-Storage on Route 22

By Holly Crocco

Progress is being made on the development of the former Golf Dome property on Route 22 into affordable housing and self-storage units.

EE Brewster, LLC, sees to redevelop 64.5 acres of property to construct two, three-story residential buildings, each containing 50 one-bedroom units of affordable senior housing in the northern portion of the property. In addition, two self-storage buildings encompassing 16,200 square feet are planned on the southern portion of the property.

Each will have their own parking in the front and back of the property, and the self-storage will have overhead doors in the rear of the buildings. The property will have its own stormwater management practices, as well as septic, landscaping and lighting.

About 19.4 acres will be disturbed.

“Basically, the project is a couple-hundred feet away from Route 22, so there will be minimal views between Route 22 and the project itself,” said Jamie LoGiudice of Insite Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architecture, P.C., of Carmel, at the July 10 Southeast Planning Board meeting.

The property will be fitted with walking trails, sidewalks and benches, which Planning Board member Lynne Eckardt praised.

“I don’t think there needs to be one (a bench) very 10 feet, but I think it gives people goals and they can walk and rest, and I think benches are going to be really important,” she said. ‘Maybe a few at different spots so people can rest and listen to the birds.”

Fellow planning board member David Rush said he’s glad to see sidewalks incorporated into the site plan, and indicated that the town plans to connect the sidewalks on Route 22 to the property.

“We’re trying to provide a safe way for people to walk, rather than drive a car to ACME,” which is across the street, he said.

The Southeast Town Board was updated on the project during its July 27 meeting, when LoGuidice explained that views from Route 22 can be reduced if single lanes into and out of the property are approved by the Department of Transportation, health department and Department of Environmental Protection.

According to Sam Mermelstein of EE Brewster, the housing units will be for people age 55 and older who meet certain income restrictions, and will cost between $1,000 and $1,200 per month depending on whether a person’s income falls between 40, 50 or 60 percent the area median income.

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