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Letter: Settle lawsuit over Ruland Knolls

An illustration of the proposed Ruland Knolls rental

An illustration of the proposed Ruland Knolls rental housing development in Melville. The project would create 117 units of affordable housing, particularly for veterans. Credit: Newsday Files

My organization, the Huntington Township Housing Coalition, has been criticized for calling for more rental housing in Huntington because there is allegedly a concentration of rentals in Huntington Station ["Say-no mantra is holding us back," Opinion, Jan. 12].

I'm a 30-year-old mechanical engineer still living with my parents. I grew up in Huntington and recently got engaged. I would welcome affordable rental apartments anywhere in town. I have watched members of my high school graduating class flee for places with more rentals at affordable rates.

The proposed 117 units of affordable rental apartments at Ruland Knolls in Melville are within a bicycle ride of my job.

For this and other reasons, I urge the Huntington Town Board to settle the lawsuit filed by supporters of the Ruland Road proposal so that Ruland Knolls can be built and Huntington can have much-needed rental apartments outside of Huntington Station.

Harry R. Burger, Huntington Station

Editor's note: The writer is a member of the board of directors of the Huntington Township Housing Coalition, an advocacy group.


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