Multi Family Apartment Complex Proposed For Upper Port

Public hearing scheduled for Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

A multi family apartment complex is being proposed for a piece of property that is within the area encompased by , according to a public notice on the corner of Texaco Avenue and Linden Place.

at for people to express their support or concerns about the application by Rail Realty, LLC to build a multi-family apartment complex.

At an April 19 planning board meeting Eric Russo, identified in the meeting minutes as the attorney for Rail Realty, LLC and Eric Nicosia, the company's architect submitted an application for the site.

A PDF of the April 19 planning board meeting is available from the village's official website here.

The project was described at the time as a four-story, 87-unit apartment complex with below ground and first floor parking located on the northeast corner of Linden Place  and Texaco Avenue and the south side of Linden Place

"Mr. Russo presented the proposed project for (12) two bedroom and (18) one bedroom apartment complex," the minutes read. "The applicant is anxious to proceed."

The notes also say that the planning board and staff were sending comments to the applicant’s representative.

Residents seem split on the application. An area business owner who contacted Patch about the notice supported the application saying she would be at the hearing and hoped this was the beginning of the planned revitalization of the area.

Another reader emailed Patch to express her concerns.

"Isn't there enough traffic?" said the reader who did not identify herself. "On most afternoons the traffic is backed up a fair distance up Sheep Pasture Road. Must we develop every vacant lot in the village?"

The company submitting the application is located at 414 Main Street in Port Jefferson according to the notice.

BeefAndCheese July 11, 2012 at 08:22 PM
This is brilliant. With 87 new units the entirety of Mexico can move right into the worst part of Puerto Jefferson Station. Who wouldn't want an apartment fifteen feet from a train station anyway? How exciting. This can only go well.
Mels Ditties July 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM
A "four-story, 87-unit apartment complex" is too large for that area...Hopefully the developer submitted that proposal as a starting point from which to negotiate a reasonable complex....(eg. shoot for the moon, and accept a view of the stars).... The area simply could not support that influx of people....Traffic between the RR tracks and North Country is bad enough, one can only imagine what that would become if a project of this mammoth size was built... What is the target?...Are these apartments to be Section 8 or an equivalent gov subsidized program?.... What will be the parking spot allocation?...eg. how many spaces per apt unit?....there is virtually no parking uptown and adding apt residents or apt resident visitors would absolutely kill the remaining businesses who share the few on street parking spaces available.... This COULD be a great beginning to the revitalization of Upper Port, IF (and that's a BIG "IF") it is scaled to fit in the area without totally overloading it... IF this is to be a low-income/subsidized complex, might as well scrap all the "pretty" plans that have been drawn over the years...It will become a Dodson's Northwest... This should be a very interesting meeting.....
My3Girls July 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Why are the builders trying to make this area into queens. This is horrendous . This area can not support this and why do developers need to eat up any open land anyway. Let's keep open space. It's reallyaking me think to move. People here are here because they don't want to live in cities . We must take a stand and stop this.
PJS2003 July 12, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Is this Comsewogue schools? If it is, we are screwed. We already have a multitude of budget problems if we add on more kids (likelyhood for ESL based on surrounding area) it will be really bad for us. Why is it that our town in under attack with apartment threats? First Carmens River and now this. Brookhaven insists on making PJS into an apartment ghetto?
HamsterCharlie July 12, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Man am I happy we got the hell out of Dodge when we did. The entirety of upper Puerto is turning into a full blown embarassment. Drive around the 112 area a little bit and count the numerous stores that are boarded up. Count the numerous young "gentleman" standing around on the corners on at 11:00PM on a Sunday night (tell me they're just hanging out). I feel bad for the people that are trapped there but i'm completely psyched that I got my family out in one piece.
Mels Ditties July 12, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Yes it is Comsewogue school district....South of North Country is Comsewogue....
Mels Ditties July 12, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Charlie...Didn't we see you driving outta dodge in your Kia Soul ?...LOL! I understand what you are saying, BUT, there's a big difference between the boarded up area (Port Jeff STATION/Brookhaven) and the "gentlemen's" area (north of the tracks...Port Jeff VILLAGE)...SCPD would rather set up motorist traps in that area (reggies/inspect/seatbelts/cel phone) than work to eliminate those guys...(there is NO MONEY in busting those gentlemen, but every ticket fetches a nice fine and surcharge for the town...and MONEY is what it's all about).....Even the MTA police set up their motorist traps, instead of policing the train station, which has had so many problems with crime of late that PJ Code was actually greeting trains to insure drivers got to their cars sans incident...
Mels Ditties July 12, 2012 at 07:04 PM
The point is that there are still people, good, hard working people in that area, who have sunk lots & lots of time & money into their businesses up there and are fighting to stay alive and looking to the PTB in the Village (and SCPD) to do SOMETHING to make a positive impact up there....Simply enforcing some "on the books for decades" town codes would make a huge improvement.....eg. there's a "No Poolhall" in PJ rule, but yet one has been open uptown for years...How about living in a storefront?...That's been going on for over a year...Or perhaps the window size signs in the "church" now occupying the two shops on the northeast corner of Main & Perry?...Most merchants have to follow a "no more than 1/3 of windows can be blocked by signage" code, so why not them?....but it just doesn't happen.... Time to stop paying for Revitalization Plans and DO SOMETHING POSITIVE uptown
Mickey11776 July 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM
What a disgrace. Port Jefferson to receive the property tax benefit, Port Jefferson Station - Comsewogue School District to receive 100 more kids that need Social services. What a country! God forbid my kid needs some help after me paying in for 21 years, I dont have a prayer. Send em to Port Jefferson Schools and I will be quiet.
Mels Ditties July 13, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Attended the meeting tonight (technically LAST night, as I just realized it's after midnight...LOL!) and was THRILLED to learn that the project size was reduced AND (THIS is the KEY!) it is NOT to be low income or section 8 housing....Target marketing is young professionals from Stony Brook & Port Jeff hospitals... This could actually be the REAL (eg. Not just more paper plans!) beginning to the revitalization of Upper Port!... Keeping my fingers crossed!!!
HamsterCharlie July 13, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I'll believe it when I see it. Until then it's HAMSTER TIME!!!
Dan Elton September 28, 2012 at 01:12 AM
HAHA, you came here because you wanted to move out of a city??? This part of Long Island is one huge huge strip mall.. basically a city, but spread out so it's difficult to get from place to place. (and not much different than Queens, in my opinion, just more spread out and harder to walk around). As someone from a nice small town in upstate new york, I always find it hilarious when people say they moved out to Long Island to get out of the city... I think Long Island needs more centralized development like this, with centralized down towns where people can walk from place to place without having to drive through heavy traffic for a half hour.
Dan Elton September 28, 2012 at 01:14 AM
It would also be very attractive for grad students going to Stony Brook. There is a shortage of affordable graduate student housing in the area, and the on campus housing isn't very good and is limited to four years. This would especially attractive to the large population of foreign PhD students and foreign exchange students, who usually come here without transportation.Apartments near the train station are being highly sought after right now.


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