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Letter: Breaking promises at Fairway Manor

Edward Silsbe, left, president of the Blue Point

Edward Silsbe, left, president of the Blue Point Community Civic Association and the group's vice president, Tom Nasca, stand near the entrance to the Fairway Manor apartment complex off Sunrise Highway in Patchogue on Monday, July 21, 2014. The civic association is against a proposed expansion of the development. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

The article "Bayport: Green space sought" [News, July 23] covered a lot but missed some important points.

Contrary to what the headline implies, the reality is we already have green space and want to keep it. One of the owners said there is a waiting list of seniors ready to move into the complex. We see many open units, rents declining and a 20-foot-long banner seeking renters. These all say that the waiting-list claim is untrue.

Fairway Manor Apartments says it wants to add 260 senior housing units, yet the company is seeking a zoning change that would allow renters of any age; only covenants would restrict residents' ages.

The community originally allowed this project 25 years ago based on promises, including keeping green space on Nicolls Road. Claiming that there would be 10.5 acres of open space in the new development is laughable; the space would be lawns.

The comments that this is a giveaway are real. Discussion of park mitigation fees is political cover. The original bargain promised us open space. If this addition is approved, it will set a precedent for other developers to come back decades later and pile on units.

Ed Silsbe, Blue Point

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Blue Point Community Civic Association.


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