Huntington is looking for more vets to apply to buy affordable condos
Some veterans will finally be able to move into a 14-unit affordable housing complex in Huntington Station.
City officials said five of the condominium units at the Columbia Terrace development were under contract to be sold. There are eight units with buyers – three of which are veterans – in various stages of the approval and purchase process.
“I am grateful that we were able to provide Long Island veterans with the opportunity to own an affordable home,” Huntington supervisor Ed Smyth wrote in an email last week. “Columbia Terrace has been a long journey, but the end result has made it a worthy undertaking.”
The $3.3 million project on the west side of Lowndes Avenue between Railroad and Columbia streets began in 2009. It was funded by federal, state, county and city funds.
Candidates for the houses were selected from a lottery list, which was also open to non-veterans. A veteran is under contract to buy, city officials said.
The development has eight two-bedroom/two-bathroom units and six one-bedroom/one-bathroom units. Larger units have a sale price of $253,250 and one-bedroom condos are priced at $233,250, according to city documents.
Huntington officials said that due to rising costs, modifications to the site plan were necessary, including the elimination of a gazebo that was in the original plan.
Due to changes to the site plan, an amended bid plan must be sent to the State Attorney General’s office for approval. Once it is given, authorities will determine when buyers can move in.
The municipal authorities are looking for new candidates for the remaining units. They said they didn’t receive the “typical volume of entries” in the original lottery, so they renewed their outreach efforts this year with the veteran community.
Bob Santo, former commander of the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244, expressed concern that more veterans, especially younger ones, are not taking advantage of this opportunity.
“We have to find out what’s stopping us,” he said. “Is it financial? Do they [the units] costs too much?”
All applicants must meet the homeownership income test and the federal housing and urban development income test.
For more information and how to apply, go to https://huntingtonny.gov/columbia-terrace.