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An inside look at the Long Island Builders Expo

A house goes up April 1, 2014, on

A house goes up April 1, 2014, on Horton Place in Syosset by Premier North Shore Homes. Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

The home construction business on Long Island is active, with builders working on bringing different housing options to the Island in the coming months.

There are single-family homes and apartments for seniors being developed, along with a luxury building in Great Neck where developers plan to clean up a contaminated property on the water.

"Such a development can provide a new series of housing options for all parts of the community, including young people, seniors and families, who are looking for that type of lifestyle," says Mitchell Pally, chief executive of the Long Island Builders Institute trade group, which recently hosted the 24th annual Long Island Builders Expo in Melville.

Here are several approved projects, both sales and rentals, presented at the expo:


ZB Homes, a joint venture between builder Nick Zoumas of Almas Construction and designer Mark Baisch of Landmark Homes, is developing a 13-lot subdivision off Eastport Manor Road. The four-bedroom, 2½-bathroom homes will be between 2,000 and 2,600 square feet and start at $500,000. Five of the 13 one-acre lots have already sold.

Baisch says most of the buyers are in their 30s and 40s and have school-age children.

The homes will have full eight-foot ceilings in the basements, oak floors and Energy Star windows. Some of the homes are being equipped with geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Interested buyers should contact Julie Poidomani or Suzanne Lebohner of Realty Connect USA at 631-881-5957.


The Engel Burman Group needs a zoning change to turn the site of the vacant Seaford Avenue School into The Seasons at Seaford, a 112-unit condominium complex for residents age 55 and older. In the meantime, the Garden City-based developer is planning to open The Bristal at Sayville, its eighth assisted-living center on the Island.

There will be 80 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments for adults 55 and older, with rents ranging from $3,500 to $7,000 a month, which includes meals, laundry and housekeeping services, if needed. The biggest difference between the Sayville development and the other Bristal assisted living centers is that the Sayville development will have more apartments for residents with dementia. There will be 51 studios in the memory-care area, whereas most of the other seven Bristal assisted-living centers have an average of 32 apartments for residents with dementia, says Ellen Antonucci, Engel's vice president of sales and marketing.

The welcome center at 129 Lakeland Ave. is now open, and The Bristal at Sayville is expected to be ready for residents by the end of May.


The site of AvalonBay's newest Long Island development is on a former Commander Oil storage site on Shore Road in Great Neck. The company is going to clean up the contaminated four-acre waterfront property.

"We think there's a higher and better use, and the village agreed," says Christopher Capece, senior development director of AvalonBay Communities Inc., which recently opened a development in Huntington Station. "It's a quintessential win-win because the village gets to clean up an eyesore within their community and AvalonBay gets to enter a submarket in Great Neck that we think is a fantastic place to be."

AvalonBay still must go through the permitting process with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, but it has been approved to build a 191-unit luxury apartment complex on the site, with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments renting for as much as $5,000 a month. The goal is to start construction before the end of the year. There will be a parking garage with four stories of residential units above.

"The views of Manhasset Bay looking north are going to be incredible," Capece says.

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