By Janee Law
With the first 144-residential-unit phase of The Club at Melville, a 55-and-over community at 25 Deshon Drive, nearly complete, officials are eying 2017 for the expected completion of phase two, will add an additional 117 units.
“We’ve designed it in a way so people can live here and we can still build the second phase without disturbing the lifestyle here,” said Uri Hason, co-president of Continental Pinewood Development Partners, developer of The Club.
Jane Gol, CPDP co-president, said, “It’s the effort to deliver these homes as quickly as possible.”
“The idea was to answer a need in the Long Island community for people to stay in the community and not to have to stay in their homes, which are now becoming cumbersome to take care of,” said Jane Gol, CPDP co-president. “Being part of this experience for everybody on our team has just been so fantastic.”
When entering the 13-acre gated community, residents are greeted by a pond and gazebo with a walkway and a garden that encircles them. The residential community provides amenities like a heated pool, sundeck, fully equipped fitness center, card room, lounge and more.
“There’s a concept of urban suburban living walking communities,” Gol said. “It’s really important that you get to meet other people and you get to socialize.”
So far the community has about 30 residents. The cost to live at The Club is $400,000 per unit. Each unit consists of two bedrooms and two bathrooms and residency provides access to all of the shared amenities.
Gol said having affordable communities like this, where people can stay in their homes, continue to be active, watch their families grow and keep their jobs while no longer having to take care of their homes is a 21st century concept. Gold added that the town has really gone to the forefront to make this project happen.
After two years of planning and construction, on Feb. 2 the community had its grand opening with an official ribbon cutting featuring Huntington officials, developers and others who helped put the project together. Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone and Huntington Councilwoman Susan Berland were present.
“We fought through it and made sure that this happened, and it’s a beautiful facility,” Berland said. “It’s a testament to when you really have a good project and a really good idea and you’re going to stick to it and you’re not going to cave to pressure or people who are naysayers and say no. You’re going to rise above it and do what’s right for the people in the community.”