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Port Jefferson Station affordable housing plans can proceed, board rules

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

A Port Jefferson Station developer can move forward with his plans to construct a $25 million affordable housing complex in the hamlet, the Brookhaven Town Planning Board ruled Monday.

Developer Ralph Fasano, who wants to build 77 apartment units near the intersection of Route 112 and East Grove Street, said he’s ready to get the project started. Construction is expected to begin next month and take 18 months to complete, he said.

“I’m looking forward to building the housing,” he said at the meeting.

Some of the units are to be specifically for veterans, although how many has not been determined. Fasano is the executive director of Concern for Independent Living, a Medford-based nonprofit that has developed veterans housing projects in Amityville and Ronkonkoma.

Port Jefferson Station residents at the board's Monday meeting raised safety concerns and complained the complex would put more vehicles in a high-traffic area.

“With the addition of the project, I would like to see a traffic signal,” hamlet resident Larry Bernstein, 68, said, noting the complex is being built across the street from his home. “I have some serious safety concerns.”

Even with a new sign, drivers tend to disregard signals, he cautioned.

Fasano said he intends to ask for state approval for a traffic signal near the entrance to the structure.

Port Jefferson resident Joseph Santangelo, 44, told board members he was in favor of the project but wanted it farther north to maintain the forest land in front of his home.

“I don’t have a problem with building housing for veterans,” he said.

The Port Jefferson project is to include the construction of a community building and recreation amenities.

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

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