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Developer Eyes 13 Dix Hills Acres 

A Maryland-based developer is perusing land in Dix Hills for a possible senior community on nearly 13 acres along Deer Park Road.

David Holland, vice president of development for Brightview Senior Living, met with the House Beautiful Civic Association last Monday, said Sheila Saks, president emeritus of the civic association.

Town planners said The Shelter Group is considering three parcels on the east side of Deer Park Road – one at 482 Deer Park Road and two at neighboring 488 Deer Park Road. The combined land, which is south of the Bissett nursery, would total 12.8 acres. There, Brightview is mulling building a community that would offer services including independent living, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care options for approximately 200 residents, Saks said.

Saks stressed, however, that the proposal is in “very, very preliminary” stages. Planning officials said Friday that the company has not filed anything at town hall related to the proposal. A spokesman did not return calls by press time Monday.

Brightview is a senior-focused part of The Shelter Group, a Baltimore, Md.-based firm that has been in business for more than 30 years. The Shelter Group develops, manages and owns residential real estate while specializing in multi-family and senior living communities.

“Brightview is committed to creating vibrant senior living communities by providing excellent service to all of our customers,” according to the company’s website. “Our goal is to create environments that are a great place to live and a great place to work.”

Saks said that House Beautiful members raised concerns about where a sewer treatment plant would be built on the property, how large the building would be and what it would look like, and how the developer would navigate a steep slope on the land.

“They have many questions and the potential developer didn’t have many answers, unfortunately,” Saks said, adding it may have been premature for the hopeful developer to meet with the group.

But by the same token, it’s a good sign that Brightview officials came to visit residents so early in the process and before filing a proposal at Huntington Town Hall.

“That’s a very good beginning in outreach,” she said.

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