The new affordable housing complexes in Huntington Station and Patchogue highlighted by Newsday are excellent starts toward community revitalization ["Say-no mantra is holding us back," Opinion, Jan. 12].
However, the success of these developments is based on a critically important element: resident community associations with regulations governing the appearance and maintenance of the apartments, the overall facility and the grounds. The rules must be strictly enforced, with clear penalties for violations. The guides for these covenants would be residential building codes of the town, county and state.
Resident community associations are standard in Maryland, where I used to live, and are required by state law. The associations are made up of representatives of the residents (one of whom is president) and professional management firms contracted for property maintenance.
The associations ensure the quality and attractiveness of apartment complexes and tract housing developments by applying the time-tested benefit of participatory management: The most effective results are produced by people taking part in decisions.
Without these covenants, I'm concerned that these new developments will become expensive blights on the community.
Paul Jacobs, Huntington
It was refreshing to see your article about the completion of the controversial AvalonBay development in Huntington Station ["AvalonBay complex ready for residents," News, Jan. 9].
Congratulations to the town for approving this project against very vocal opposition, which spread a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt among our citizens.
In fact, this development has provided much-needed housing for our young people and seniors. During construction, it has created jobs and added revenue for our town, and it has brought a country club-like appearance.
It was also refreshing to see County Executive Edward Mangano publicly announce his support for similar developments in Nassau ["Mangano pushes rental housing boost," News column, Nov. 24, 2013].
Perhaps this will help turn the tide of opinion, and our young people and seniors will have more affordable housing options to keep them from moving off Long Island!
Bob Slingo, East Northport
Editor's note: The writer is a member of the Town of Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals.
When you can no longer physically or financially maintain a private home, it is time to make lifestyle or residence changes consistent with your function and finances.
I am older than 60, and realize that I may not be able to stay in my home forever, despite my emotional attachment and preference. Other older people should similarly not try to make their problem a government responsibility; they should deal with it.
Kathi Letscher, Holbrook