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Babylon IDA adopts landmark affordable housing policy

May 9, 2017
Long Island Business News
Matthew McDonough - CEO of the Babylon IDA

In an effort to reverse “brain drain” and provide much-needed affordable housing options for Long Island’s workforce, the Town of Babylon Industrial Development Agency just approved new rules for rental projects it assists.

The Babylon IDA adopted the new policy Tuesday that requires any new rental housing development that receives IDA benefits to set aside 20 percent of the apartments for residents earning up to 60 percent of the area median income (AMI). Based on current numbers, the affordable units would be available to one person earning no more than $44,600 a year; two people read more ››

Babylon IDA Gets Serious About Affordable Housing

May 9, 2017
Innovate LI
Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer: Good news for regional workforce

The Babylon Industrial Development Agency has adopted a “landmark provision” designed to address one of the Long Island innovation economy’s great needs: affordable housing.

The Babylon IDA on Tuesday passed what it called a “significant policy initiative” targeting future housing developments within town borders. Designed in collaboration with the Long Island Housing Partnership, the policy requires that owners of new developments applying for IDA benefits meet a 20 percent affordable-housing requirement – meaning at least one out of every five read more ››

Industrial Corridor Project

March 2, 2017
Tom Dolan, Frank Dolan and representatives of Able Equipment and Rigging/AbleWeldbilt

The Industrial Corridor Project is an initiative designed to connect Babylon's diverse and growing industrial and commercial business centers. Through the Industrial Development Agency, data on every major business within the Town is being collected, including what factors the private sector considers in making decisions about expansion, relocation, etc.

By creating a network of industry clusters, more businesses will be able to connect regarding possible synergies, IDA benefits, and Town and County issues. The IDA hopes to foster a new sense of shared community and public read more ››

Fresh Look, New Name for Long Island Community

November 22, 2016
MHN - Multi-Housing News
The Plaza at Amityville

Developers, capital sources and public agencies teamed up for a $11.7 million upgrade of a property in North Amityville, N.Y.

Babylon, N.Y.—An affordable housing community in the town of Babylon in Long Island, N.Y., went through an extensive rehabilitation process that aims extend the affordability of the development for another 20 years.

The newly renamed Plaza at Amityville, formerly known as Andpress Plaza, is located in the North Amityville area of Babylon and was built in 1983 with federal housing financing. Earlier this year, the Town of Babylon read more ››

Apartment-retail complex opens Thursday in North Amityville

October 12, 2016
The first floor common area at the newly developed Greybarn apartments and shopping center in North Amityville, Oct. 11, 2016. Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

A high-end apartment-and-retail complex in North Amityville will hold its official opening Thursday, about two weeks after tenants started moving into the first 50 apartments.

The 20-acre Greybarn complex will be the largest rental development in the Town of Babylon when it reaches its full complement of 500 apartments. Rents for one- and two-bedroom units range from $2,390 to $3,300.

The complex includes 40,000 square feet of retail space — including a Starbucks with a drive-through window — along Route 110 just south of the Southern State Parkway, on the site of a former read more ››


Babylon IDA
47 West Main Street - Suite 3
Babylon, NY 11702
Tel: 631-587-3679