Fresh Look, New Name for Long Island Community

Developers, capital sources and public agencies teamed up for a $11.7 million upgrade of a property in North Amityville, N.Y.

By Veronica Grecu

The Plaza at AmityvilleBabylon, N.Y.—An affordable housing community in the town of Babylon in Long Island, N.Y., went through an extensive rehabilitation process that aims extend the affordability of the development for another 20 years.

The newly renamed Plaza at Amityville, formerly known as Andpress Plaza, is located in the North Amityville area of Babylon and was built in 1983 with federal housing financing. Earlier this year, the Town of Babylon Industrial Development Agency (IDA), along with development partners MDG Design + Construction, local developer Ken Oppenheimer, Hudson Valley Property Group and Hudson Housing Capital, set out on an $11.7 million renovation of the multifamily community. The project was funded by Red Stone Tax Exempt Funding and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR).

“This $11.7 million transformational project helps to maintain this important workforce housing stock. It’s an important investment for North Amityville and the entire town of Babylon. The Town will continue to work with all partners interested in preserving or creating workforce housing units,” said Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer.

The Plaza at Amityville is a 51-unit affordable housing community jointly owned by MDG Design + Construction, Ken Oppenheimer, and Hudson Valley Property Group. According to data collected by Yardi Matrix, the community consists of eight one-story buildings totaling 10 one-bedroom units reserved for seniors and 40 two-bedroom units, plus one unit set aside for the superintendent. The property also offers 75 surface parking spaces.

The renovations at The Plaza at Amityville were completed with residents in place, and include new apartment entrance doors, kitchen and bathroom modernization, new security cameras and mailboxes, as well as new roofing and landscaping.

All apartment units at the Plaza at Amityville are subject to the Section 8 Housing Assistance Program, which allows residents to pay only 30 percent of their monthly income towards rent. To qualify, a renter must earn 50 percent or less of the Area Median Income, which is around $60,600.

Image courtesy of MDG Design + Construction.