A long-awaited affordable housing project that’s more than 40 years in the making has been revived with a new developer and changes to the plan. 

The project, known as Matinecock Court, was previously going to bring 146 housing units—76 for-sale residences and 70 rental apartments– to a 14.5-acre parcel of vacant land on the northwest corner of Pulaski Road and Elwood Road in East Northport. 

But after the developer Blue Sea Development pulled out of the project at the end of last year, the plan was thrown into limbo. Now, Levittown-based D&F Development Groupheaded by Peter Florey and Leonard D’Amico, has entered into an agreement to take over the project, which has since gone through some big changes. 

Rendering of Matinecock Court / Courtesy of D and F Development Group

In the new plan, the project will create 144 cooperative apartments, where residents will earn some equity based on the time they live there and the size of their space. D&F developed a similar affordable co-op project called Highland Green in Melville, which opened in June 2017. 

The revised Matinecock Court will be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom residences. The monthly maintenance fee for a one-bedroom unit will be about $1,350 and will be available to a household of up to two people with an annual income of not more than around $60,000. A two-bedroom unit will have a monthly maintenance fee of about $1,500 for a household of up to four people making no more than about $75,000 a year and a three-bedroom unit will have a monthly maintenance fee of about $1,750 for a household of up to six people with an annual income limit of about $90,000, according to Florey. 

A down payment of one-month’s maintenance fee will also be required. 

Like the previous plan, the new Matinecock Court project will consist of 17 two-story buildings and will include a 5,200-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center and other amenities. 

First pitched in 1978, the Matinecock Court development has survived multiple court challenges, one of which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, as the Town of Huntington and local residents hatried in vain to derail it. 

Though the project’s former developer had received all of its building approvals in 2016 and $2.2 million from Suffolk County for a sewage treatment plant in Nov. 2019, the project remained stalled. 

The new plan was hatched after Suffolk and Huntington officials met with Florey and Housing Help, the Greenlawn-based nonprofit that has sponsored the development all these years. 

“We were approached by the county and met with Housing Help,” Florey said. “We will try to get it to work.” 

The new development agreement was hammered out with the assistance of Mitch Pally, CEO of the Long Island Builders Institute. 

“LIBI has been honored to work with Housing Help, D&F Development, Suffolk County and New York State, to make this project a reality,” Pally said. “The project is a symbol of the hurdles one must overcome to build affordable housing in our community.” 

Pilar Moya-Mancera, executive director of Housing Help, said her group looks forward to working with its new development team. 

“The demand for affordable housing has never been greater, especially for senior citizens, young professionals, and hard-working families,” Moya-Mancera said. “To meet this need, D&F has recommended a change in the legal structure from a combination of rentals and condominiums to a cooperative, which will provide all residents with an ownership position in a cooperative corporation. Owning a home at Matinecock Court will be an important achievement for families and individuals who are not currently prepared to purchase a single-family home.  

The D&F Development team and representatives of Housing Help held a Zoom meeting on Tuesday evening to inform neighborhood residents about the new developer coming on board and the project’s switch to a co-op. 

Construction of Matinecock Court is expected to begin in June 2022 and will take about two years to complete. Sales are slated to start in Jan. 2024.





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