February Meeting: Ronkonkoma Hub Update


Here’s what you missed if you weren’t able to attend last Thursday’s civic meeting:

  1. President George Schramm updated attendees on several local land use projects: proposed office building on the corner of Portion & Ackerly, Dunkin Donuts parking lot expansion, Wendy’s redevelopment and others.
  2. Rob Loscalzo and Jim Coughlan from Tritec Real Estate gave a presentation on the latest news on the Ronkonkoma Hub project. Residents in attendance asked many questions of the Tritec representatives:
  3. Several key properties have been purchased for Phase 1 of the project (eastern side of Mill Road); other parcels are in contract. They expect to break ground later in 2016.
  4. They are buying up properties from multiple owners for Phase 2 of the project (east of Hawkins Avenue).
  5. Phase 1 is primarily residential, with six buildings, 489 dwelling units, 1,000 estimated residents. Phase 2 is mixed use buildings: offices, retail, residential.
  6. Right now, the residences are planned to be 10% owner-occupied (condos) and 90% rentals. The rentals will include studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units, with studios starting at $1,350/month. There will not be an affordable housing component to the project.
  7. Phase 2 will have nine buildings as well as five parking structures (not for commuters). A major grocery store could be included here.
  8. Phase 3 includes more office and retails space plus a parking garage to replace the lost parking for commuters.
  9. Phase 4 focuses on some of the area between Hawkins Avenue and Mill Road.
  10. They discussed some of the architectural details of the buildings, including the use of arches throughout the project as well as French quarter style details in the residential buildings.
  11. See images below of Phase 1 and Phase 2.
  12. There was also discussion about the sewering. Right now, there will be a pumping station at the far east end of the project to hook up to the Southwest Sewer District.
  13. Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy was in attendance and engaged Tritec in specific questions on the project.

Hope to see you at the next civic meeting!

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