By GREGORY ZELLER //
Two senior-living projects will move forward in Mount Sinai, with a little help from the Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency.
The Brookhaven IDA has closed on a fresh economic-incentives package with The Engel Burman Group, the Garden City-based residential developer and frequent Brookhaven IDA collaborator known best for its assisted-living communities.
According to the development agency, the new tax-abatement package will help its old business associate with a 120-unit Bristal Assisted Living facility and a 225-unit age-restricted (55-plus) rental complex on 24 acres in Mount Sinai. The deal marks the third time The Engel Burman Group has received Brookhaven IDA assistance, following incentives packages for Bristal projects in Lake Grove and Holtsville.
The new incentives were first approved by the IDA in September and finalized by the agency Jan. 10. Construction is already underway and the first units of the 55-and-over community – which will combine villas and garden apartments, as well as a pool, a fitness center and “event space” – are slated to be occupied later in 2019, according to the Brookhaven IDA.
Brookhaven IDA Chairman Frederick Braun III trumpeted “great projects for the town.”
“Many in Brookhaven’s growing senior population are in need of housing or assisted living so they may continue to live near their family and friends,” Braun said in a statement.
Projections for the new Bristal Assisted Living facility – the 19th in the Bristal chain – include 60 employees, overseeing a mixture of “independent senior living” and assisted living, which includes help with personal hygiene, eating, grooming, socialization and other functions and issues.
The facility will also include a “designated memory-care section” for residents in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, according to the Brookhaven IDA.
The tax-abatement incentives provided by Brookhaven Town were “critical” to bringing the multifaceted facilities to Mount Sinai, according to Engel Burman Partner Jan Burman.
“Without them, this project would not have been feasible,” Burman added.