Organization Name: Conifer Realty, LLC in partnership with Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI)
Project Title: Wincoram Commons
Project Location: 250 Wincoram Way, Coram, NY
Transforming the blighted United/Artist Theatre in the center of the Hamlet of Coram, Wincoram Commons is a brand new mixed-income, mixed-use development featuring 176 affordable, energy efficient apartments and 8,500 square feet of commercial space. Wincoram Commons was developed to revitalize the surrounding community as a priority project, which was specifically endorsed by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s Strategic Plan. The revitalization of Downtown’s desolate areas and commercial centers were crucial strategies outlined by the LIREDC. Redevelopment and reuse of this site has been a priority for more than five years and was one of the driving factors behind the Town of Brookhaven’s Blight 2 Light (B2L) Initiative.
In addition to revitalizing the face of Coram’s main corridor, Wincoram Commons meets a significant need for affordable workforce housing in Suffolk County where the cost for housing in the market is not affordable to many working class families.
The blighted theatre sat vacant for over 14 years; was demolished and replaced with a mixture of traditional apartments over 8,500 sq. ft. of commercial, mid-rise apartment buildings, and townhomes over flats that produce one, two and three bedroom apartments. Wincoram Commons features a community building with a leasing office, fitness center and community space with a kitchenette. The Middle Country Road Land Use Plan for Coram, Middle Island and Ridge, identified the site as the Hamlet Center and proposed a walkable Main Street, with the buildings fronting on the new Main Street. Wincoram was influenced by the recommendations and design guidelines in the plan. A connector road was constructed to connect the community to the existing Charles Pond project and the rest of the Hamlet of Coram, including improvements to sidewalks and bike lanes. Wincoram also displays superior building facades, developed with input from the Town and the local community to create a traditional Main Street
Wincoram Commons is part of a comprehensive community revitalization strategy enacted by the Town of Brookhaven. In October 2010, the Town Board unanimously approved the B2L, which created attractive private sector incentives for the redevelopment of blight. Leading up to the adoption of B2L, the Town identified many specific sites within Brookhaven as blighted properties, one of which was 250 Wincoram Way. As an abandoned property, this empty building was a magnet for crime and vagrants, and had multiple code violations.
This innovative, dynamic development enhances the quality of life for working families in Coram and serves as a model for public and private partnerships. There are currently 383 residents residing at Wincoram and the development created approximately 85 construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs. Conifer Realty and Community Development Corporation of Long Island have partnered on the development of this important transformative project.
CDCLI is a not-for-profit organization that invests its resources, talents, and knowledge in the people of Long Island, helping them to achieve their dreams of an affordable home in a vibrant community. Since its inception 47 years ago, CDCLI has assisted more than 181,000 Long Islanders and invested $1.2 billion into the communities in which they live. For more info, visit www.cdcli.org. Conifer is a progressive, nationally ranked, full-service real estate company specializing in the development, construction, management and ownership of high-quality, affordable housing communities. Since its inception in 1975, Conifer has grown considerably—currently owning and managing over 14,600 multi-family units representing 220+ apartment communities in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In addition, the Company consistently maintains a pipeline of over 30 unique projects in various stages of the development process. For more info, visit www.coniferllc.com.