New Building Projects in Long Island

Offices, apartments, hotels planned or rising on Long Island

The design of what would be Long Island's second Tanger outlet mall was done by Mooresville, N.C.-based Adams & Associates. The total price for the project, set on 81 acres, is estimated at $200 million.

Blumenfeld Development Vice President David Blumenfeld said the center's designed to be a place to shop, but also to spend time. "Because of the location, we feel we needed some amenities to serve the surrounding community," he said. "This will create a gathering point, a place for people to go. "

In addition to a 16-screen movie theater, a fountain and a bandstand, the Arches is slated to include what Blumenfeld called a "Rockefeller-type skating rink. " Already signed on are major-league retailers such as Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, the Children's Place, Nike, Adidas and Disney, among others.

Avalon Glen Cove (North)

Glen Cove

Size: 111 units

Cost: $42.4 million

Developer: AvalonBay Communities

Architect: EDI Architecture

In 2003, Alexandria, Va.-based AvalonBay Communities Inc. finished phase I of Avalon Glen Cove, a 256-unit development. It's now moving ahead with Phase II, an 111-unit, five-story building known as Avalon Glen Cove North.

Located on Glen Street, this apartment building (with its own parking garage) is in the heart of downtown Glen Cove. Construction is slated to finish later this year.

Matthew Whalen, vice present of development for Avalon, said the 75-unit-per acre building is designed to work well downtown. "Everybody on Long Island is scared of density," Whalen said. "We're not proposing 75 units per acre everywhere. "

Located a quarter mile from a Long Island Raid Road station, the building caters primarily to young residents and senior citizens. "They're full of Long Islanders who needed places to live," Whalen said.

The project includes a heated pool, fitness center, club lounge, study room for residents and a cyber café.

Avalon Pines


Size: 450 units

Cost: $79.8 million

Developer: AvalonBay Communities

Architect: Niles Bolton Associates

It took nearly a decade, but now it's done.

Alexandria, Va.-based AvalonBay Communities took the first steps toward developing Avalon Pines in 1998. In 2006, the developer finished the project, which covers more than 200 acres and includes an 18-hole public golf course named Pine Ridge.

A luxury rental community, Avalon includes 450 apartment homes located near the intersection of Routes 112 and 83. In addition to 40 acres of residential housing and the 110-acre golf course, the development includes 50 acres of parkland.

Matthew Whalen, vice present of development for AvalonBay (with Long Island offices in Melville), said the development caters to both senior citizens and young people. "We're really fitting the housing need on Long Island," he said.

Whalen said almost half of the development's residents are under age 35 and more than 20 percent are senior citizens.

After working its way through zoning minefields from 1998 to 2002, the project spent a year-plus wending its way through the Brookhaven Town approval process.

"It was lot of civic outreach, a lot of public meetings," Whalen said.

Once construction started in 2004, the development took a little more than two years to complete. It is AvalonBay's sixth Long Island community.

The Business and Research Center

1000 Stewart Ave.,

Garden City

Size: 186,500 square feet

Cost: Not disclosed

Developer: Metropolitan Realty Associates and

Angelo Gordon & Co.

Architect: EGA Associates

Joe Farkas, president of Metropolitan Realty Associates in Garden City, began with a vision. Now he's found others who share it.

Farkas, along with Angelo, Gordon & Co., acquired the $7.39 million Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma buildings in Garden City in Augist 2005. Since then, they've turned the complex - now known as the Business and Research Center at Garden City - into a model of reuse.

Farkas gutted the structures, including separate buildings of 161,500 square feet and 25,000 square feet. Whatever he did, it worked; Lifetim Brands quickly scooped up about 140,000 square feet to serve as its global headquarters.

"I bought it because I recognized the value of the location," Farkas said. "The building was unique. "