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Developers for affordable housing complex, retail center to present plans

The Brookhaven Town Planning Board has approved plans

The Brookhaven Town Planning Board has approved plans to build a $25 million affordable housing complex. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The Brookhaven Town Planning board this week will discuss the construction of a $25 million affordable housing complex in Port Jefferson Station and plans for a Stony Brook retail center. 

Developer Ralph Fasano is expected to present his plans for 77 apartment units during a public hearing Monday.

The affordable housing complex would be built on the east side of Route 112 near Grove Street and include some units for veterans if approved, Fasano said.

Fasano is the executive director of Concern for Independent Living, a Medford-based nonprofit that has developed veteran housing projects in Amityville and Ronkonkoma and is also building the Port Jefferson project.

It will include the construction of a community building and recreation amenities, he said.

Fasano said the $25 million includes acquisition of land, building costs and consulting fees.

“Some of the rooms are designated as ‘supportive units’ where veterans who are in need of housing will be able to live,” the developer said. “We anticipate starting construction in January and believe it will take 18 months to complete.”

Board members will also hear a modification request from applicant Parviz Farahzad regarding a previously approved site plan for a 24,000-square-foot neighborhood retail center on Cedar Street in Stony Brook at Monday’s meeting.

Farahzad said it was discovered during construction that the sidewalks in front of the building weren’t compliant with the American Disabilities Act.

“We’re making changes,” he said. “We need to make some adjustments to the grading.”

Farahzad declined to talk about specifics of the project but added construction should be finished next summer.

“It’s a good thing for the university,” he said of the project's proximity to Stony Brook University.

Farahzad, a former Brookhaven National Laboratory scientist, is founder of Little Rock Construction and Properties.

Earlier this year, he purchased the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center dialysis unit property in downtown Patchogue for an undisclosed amount.

The East Setauket-based developer also developed Grumman Studios in 2007, a complex that offers seven soundstages totaling 160,000 square feet in Bethpage.

Monday’s board meeting is at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville, at 4 p.m.

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