February Meeting: Ronkonkoma Hub Update
Feb 17, 2016 Filed in: Events
Here’s what you missed if you weren’t able to attend last Thursday’s civic meeting:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- They are buying up properties from multiple owners for Phase 2 of the project (east of Hawkins Avenue).
- Phase 1 is primarily residential, with six buildings, 489 dwelling units, 1,000 estimated residents. Phase 2 is mixed use buildings: offices, retail, residential.
- 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.
- Phase 2 will have nine buildings as well as five parking structures (not for commuters). A major grocery store could be included here.
- Phase 3 includes more office and retails space plus a parking garage to replace the lost parking for commuters.
- Phase 4 focuses on some of the area between Hawkins Avenue and Mill Road.
- 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.
- See images below of Phase 1 and Phase 2.
- 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.
- 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!