The journey of developing Westfield Green has been amazing and we have never been more proud and excited to open up our gates to the public and allow them to take pride in our community the way that we do. The article below shows just how far and fast we have moved with this project. In one year’s time, we are very close to being finished with our development and beginning renting.
Selden residential development gets Suffolk IDA support
Plans to convert a former golf driving range in Selden into residential housing is getting support from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency.
On a parcel it once slated for condos, Westfield Green Selden aims to construct 14 buildings on 14.25 acres for 126 rental units. A full 25 percent of those units would be workforce housing, available to residents earning less than 120 percent of the area median income.
Developers Michael Kelly and Michael McHugh plan to invest $31.4 million in the project on Middle Country Road. It would include a park that memorializes Daniel Roe, a local Revolutionary War hero who fought against the British under Gen. George Washington.
This project also includes other community benefits, such as dedicating a portion of the land to the Middle Country Library for a hands-on learning experience for local children. In addition, a clubhouse will be owned and maintained by the landlord, but available for use by the local community.
Tony Catapano, executive director of the Suffolk IDA, said the project would generate “rental housing options that the average employee can afford.”
The market for the project includes first-time tenants and couples just starting out, the newly divorced or widowed and young professionals, according to the developers. The qualification process for workforce housing applicants will be administered by the Long Island Housing Partnership, officials said.
Originally slated as condos, the project switched to rentals as lenders would only consider financing rentals, according to records associated with the project.
The IDA preliminarily approved inducement resolutions Thursday to give tax breaks to assist with the property’s development. The company would receive total benefits of nearly $7.6 million over 15 years, officials said.
The project is expected to bring more than 200 construction jobs over the course of between 18 months and two years. It will also bring three onsite jobs paying about $50,000 each.
“With the help and leadership of the Suffolk County IDA, Town of Brookhaven and Long Island Housing Partnership we look forward to cleaning up a blighted property and creating a vibrant residential community that will help drive economic development in Selden and throughout the Town of Brookhaven and Suffolk County by providing much needed housing options,” Kelly said, in a statement.