State, county and local officials joined developers and community leaders Thursday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at an affordable senior housing complex in Wyandanch.
The building at 11 Park Drive is the fourth building in the Wyandanch Village development, bringing 94 rental apartments for people aged 62 and over.
The $40 million project was developed by a partnership of Garden City-based Albanese Organization and the nonprofit Selfhelp Realty Group, an affiliate of Manhattan-based Selfhelp Community Services.
Leasing for the new development began this spring and the building is now 90 percent occupied with residents who earn between 30 percent and 70 percent of the area median income.
“We’re proud to celebrate the opening of our fourth building in Wyandanch in an outstanding public/private partnership with New York State and the nonprofit Selfhelp,” said Russell Albanese, chairman of The Albanese Organization.
The building was designed by Salvatore Coco of Melville-based BHC Architects and the engineering for the development was provided by Woodbury-based Cameron Engineering.
The new building is part of the Wyandanch Rising initiative that began two decades ago.
“It’s a great project,” said John Cameron, founder and managing partner of Cameron Engineering. “The Albanese Organization have set themselves apart by seeing this all the way through.”
Babylon Supervisor Richard Schaffer said the new building is the “next piece” of what the community set out to do in 2001.
“They found out what they wanted in a vision plan which is now 20 years old,” Schaffer said. “It’s beautiful to see the faces of the seniors who are here.”
Amenities at the new transit-oriented development, located just steps away from the Wyandanch Long Island Rail Road station, include a fitness center, lounge, courtyard and a community garden.
And there’s more to come. Albanese said the company is hoping to break ground before the end of the year on the fifth building at Wyandanch Village, a 213-unit, non-age-restricted affordable apartment complex at the corner of Straight Path and Long Island Avenue.