New site developed for open discussion

Rechler releases informational website

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At just over four and a half years into the process, the developers for the Greybarn, former Island Hills Golf Course site, in Sayville, have released an informational website in the hopes of opening more lines of communication.

The ultimate reason behind the website, Gregg Rechler, co-managing partner of Rechler Equity Partners, said, was due to the COVID era in which meeting in person has become limited.

“We wanted to do something in the near future after the first public hearing regarding our proposed plan,” he said. “We wanted to be able to communicate with everyone. Some people didn’t want to go out to a meeting; by creating a website, everyone has access to the information.”

The site is free and open to the public, he explained, with a far reach for anyone interested in the development. The development includes a four-story building with apartments for rent and units to purchase.

The environmental impact study is also part of the website’s release. The plan, according to Rechler, has been revised and will continue to be revised based on the study and public-hearing input. After the first public hearing, a new plan will be submitted and released.

“It’s important to get the facts out so that this can be a collaborative process between government and community and us,” said Rechler.

Also, part of the website is a released detailed study of the type of renters currently at the Greybarn in Amityville. Rechler said the intentions were to show what the community looks like. The average household income of renters, according to the study, is about $170,000, compared to Sayville’s $116,000.

Of the Amityville location’s 455 units, there are about 67 school-aged children, which equates to 1.4 students per 10 units. The average age of their occupants was about 39, compared to the average age in the market of 40.

“Amityville couldn’t be a better case study,” Rechler said of the data compiled.

The group hopes to see a public hearing set by the Town of Islip by the end of the year. The meeting, according to the town, is anticipated to be scheduled in early December 2021.

“The next step in the Island Hills State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process is an Islip Town Board public hearing on the applicant’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS),” said an Islip Town spokesperson. “The town has forwarded the applicant’s draft DEIS to the involved state and county agencies. The town has also made available paper copies of the DEIS to the Connetquot and Sayville libraries. The DEIS for public review is also posted on the Town of Islip website.”

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