The Huntington Planning Board granted preliminary subdivision approval Wednesday for a proposed $60 million townhouse development at the Indian Hills Country Club in Northport.
Hauppauge-based Northwind Group had first pitched the project in 2016, when it purchased the 156-acre country club on Breeze Hill Road. Northwind, headed by developer Jim Tsunis, plans to preserve 90 percent of the country club property and build 74 townhouses for people aged 55 and over to be located in three areas on the perimeter of the golf course.
The project, dubbed The Preserve at Indian Hills, also calls for replacing the existing aging golf clubhouse with a new 26,000-square-foot clubhouse for Indian Hills members and the future owners of the townhouses.
Each of the townhouses will have three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, two-car garages and full basements.
“It’s going to be an extraordinary golf course community unlike any other on Long Island,” Tsunis told LIBN. “The Huntington Planning Board worked tirelessly for the past two years to achieve the best possible results for the area’s residents.”
Northwind had applied to the Town of Huntington for a change of zone from 1-acre residential to residential open-space cluster district, a special zoning enacted by the town in 2010 to allow for maximum preservation of open space by clustering homes. Under its original zoning, the property could have accommodated as many as 103 single-family homes on 1-acre lots, which would have replaced the country club.
Instead, the Northwind plan preserves keeps the golf course open and preserved in perpetuity.
Tsunis says he is hoping to begin construction in the fall. The project will take two to three years to complete and townhouse sales will likely begin this summer.
Northwind is about to open its new 52-unit luxury rental complex in Port Jefferson Village. Called Overbay, the community is already 70 percent pre-leased.
The company is also in the midst of construction on a 180-unit, over-55 apartment complex on a 24-acre site on Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset. Called The Preserve at Smithtown, the project will bring a mix of one- and two-bedroom rental residences with pre-leasing slated to start this fall.