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Dec 18, 2017 1:41 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Building Alliance Breaks Ground On Tuckahoe Woods Affordable Housing Project

From left: Diana Weir, Director of Housing & Community Development; Joe Mammina, treasurer of the Southampton Building Alliance; Councilman John Bouvier; Southampton Town Supervistor Jay Schneiderman; Sheryl Heather, executive director of the Southampton Building Alliance; John Guido, owner of North Island Contracting; and Councilwoman Julie Lofstad. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Dec 18, 2017 4:59 PM

By next spring, two Southampton Town families will be selected to move into a pair of newly constructed affordable homes in Tuckahoe, called “Tuckahoe Woods.”

Each of the homes—one is located at 409 Moses Lane, the other at 269 Magee Street—will feature three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a full basement, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said during a groundbreaking for the Moses Lane house on Monday. He noted that the house—which would likely have a full market value of $1 million—would be sold to someone through the town’s affordable housing lottery for $350,000.

Restrictions placed on the sales will prevent the future owners from turning around and flipping the houses for a profit, according to town officials. But the buyers will be able to begin building equity rather than renting.

“It’s the American dream, right?” asked Mr. Schneiderman, referring to the family that will eventually own the affordable home on Moses Lane. “I think so many people want to live in a beautiful home like this, in a beautiful place like this. But the fact is, it’s gotten harder and harder with each passing year.”

Though the supervisor said the two homes in Tuckahoe were a step in the right direction, he also noted that affordable housing is still lacking in the town. As of this week, there were more than 500 people on the Southampton Town Housing Department’s affordable housing waiting list. Applications can be filled out at southamptontownny.gov/housingdivision.

Down the line, Mr. Schneiderman hopes to see more affordable housing units built on a 3.7-acre wooded parcel at 362 Moses Lane that the town owns directly across the street from the Tuckahoe Woods project. Though plans are not finalized, the supervisor said that up to eight additional houses could possibly be built on the land.

The Tuckahoe Woods houses will be constructed on two 0.4-acre parcels that were each donated by the town. The houses are being constructed by John Guildo, owner of North Island Contracting in Rocky Point, in partnership with the Southampton Business Alliance Housing Initiative Corporation.

Mr. Guildo is not a stranger to affordable housing initiatives. Prior to owning his business, he helped build affordable housing units on Carter Road in Hampton Bays and on Merchants Path in Sagaponack.

“It feels great,” said Mr. Guildo, standing outside the foundation of the Moses Lane house. “I love to do it.”

Another affordable housing complex, known as Sandy Hollow, is being built nearby in Tuckahoe on Sandy Hollow Road. When complete, that project will boast 28 rentals inside of three, two-story buildings. The units include 14 studios, 12 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom apartments.

The project is being built in conjunction with the Speonk Commons in Speonk—a 38-unit affordable housing complex on which work has not yet started.

Similar to the Tuckahoe Woods houses, residents will be selected through the town’s affordable housing lottery for both projects when they are eventually built. The town’s Housing Authority closed on the two properties this fall and are expected to break ground soon.

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... aren't you supposed to break ground before the house is built?
By William Rodney (544), southampton on Dec 18, 17 3:33 PM
Jay needed a photo op this week.
By Draggerman (903), Southampton on Dec 19, 17 6:44 AM
I wish they would stop calling this affordable housing and call it what it really is: subsidized housing. The only people it's affordable for are the few who actually get it.
By bird (782), Sag Harbor on Dec 19, 17 10:38 AM