Senior complex approved
Artist rendering of approved Oakdale senior complex.

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Senior complex approved

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
7/3/2019


OAKDALE – The Islip Town Board recently approved a four-story senior apartment complex on Sunrise Highway. 

The board voted 4-1 during a change of zone hearing last Tuesday, in favor of the developer’s request for a zoning change and an increase in the allowed number of stories and units. Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt abstained, according to reports. 

Greenview Commons West LLC is behind the 158-unit development, located at 4180 Sunrise Highway, on the grounds of the former Oakdale Golf Center. 

Larry Gargano, a principal with the developer, notes that the “hotel-style” building received a recommendation for approval from both the Islip Town and Suffolk County planning boards before the Islip Town board’s approval. 

Gargano said he expects the development to break ground in approximately 18 months, with an occupancy date on or about November 2023. 

Neither the developer nor town could confirm recent reports stating the complex would become the tallest building in Oakdale. However, Gargano pointed out the nearby Carleton Avenue Corridor, which has multiple residential, hotel and office buildings with similar heights. 

Gargano stated: “Our proposed plan does not require variances and exceeds the front yard setback required for the building’s height.” He also notes that much of the Sunrise Highway corridor, from Islip through Bayport, contains a large amount of commercial and retail properties. 

In the mid-1980s, Gargano added, the Town of Islip made the “important decision” to adopt a “master plan,” where the zoning on all remaining vacant businesses and industrial parcels was changed for the possibility of “high density residential [housing].”  

Gargano said the “positive results” of this action can be seen at “almost every major intersection” of the corridor from East Islip to Bayport. 

The plan saw some pushback during a public hearing, back in April, where the town board decided to hold off on the approval. Patrick Fife, president of the Bohemia Civic Association, reportedly stated that the development is “out of character for the community.” 

Kathleen Hahn Cutrone, from the Greater Islip Association, also expressed concern that other developers might encourage other developers to follow suit, should the town allow the increase in height. 

Jim Morgo, president of Morgo Private Public Strategies, a private-sector consulting business, told this publication shortly after the zoning change that while he didn’t hear about this particular application, “in design, it’s never one-size-fits-all.” 

The project, which is on the south side of Sunrise Highway, was first submitted to the town in 2008, according to reports. The plan originally included 48 senior condos and 82 non-restricted units but was changed, in 2014, to 109 rental units in multiple three-story buildings.