Dutchgate seeks lower age, again
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Town Councilman Jim Darcy, whose district includes the Dutchgate property, said he has many concerns about the application. The asking prices for new units today are the same as in 2005, when the project was first approved, Darcy said, despite a crash in the housing market since then. “How is it that this project seems to be immune from the downturn in the real estate market?” he asked.
“The units, we feel, are properly priced,” Bonesso responded. The base price for a unit is $249,000 before upgrades. Two-story townhouses start at $349,000.
According to Bonesso, 91 units have been sold, and another 41 are in the contract phase. He said that 25 percent of the sales have occurred in the past year, since the town reduced the minimum age for half of the units. Only half of the complex has been built.
Several residents of Dutchgate said they were upset that they were not notified about last week’s hearing, and learned about it only through word of mouth. Bonesso said that all of the properties within 200 feet of Dutchgate were notified of the hearing, but not the owners within. Darcy blasted Broadval for failing to notify its own residents, and said that if the developer wants the board to consider any future changes, it should make sure to do so.
Audrey Brown, a representative of the homeowners’ association, said that according to their contracts, Dutchgate owners are not allowed to rent or sublet their units. She and other residents said that Broadval, through its property management company, Heatherwood, should not be allowed to, either.
Many praised the atmosphere at Dutchgate, saying that it is a great place to live, with wonderful neighbors. However, they want to protect that, and their home values, by ensuring that it remains an entirely owner-occupied development.
“The community is great,” said Bob Azopardi, who lives in Flushing but will soon be moving in. “It’s beautiful. It’s just what I was looking for. The people are even better.”