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03/02/18 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Sight of a new single family house at North Ferry and Hedges roads where broker Janalyn Travis-Messer previously proposed a 2-unit structure under the town’s Community Housing Board structure.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Sight of a new single family house under construction at at North Ferry and Hedges roads.

Broker Janalyn Travis-Messer is building a single-family rental ranch house on the lot at North Ferry and Hedges roads where not so long ago she sought unsuccessfully to create community housing units. (more…)

Featured Story
12/16/16 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

No lengthy treatise
To the Editor:
We wish you the very best for the holidays and, oh, here is your town property tax bill — please pay promptly. It’s our annual ritual and you have been very good sports about it. Shelter Island has among the very highest voluntary payment rates by taxpayers, probably the result of a combination of the wonderful, cooperative taxpayer constituents we are fortunate to have, and our (relatively) low taxes. Thank you. (more…)

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11/15/16 10:00am
ILLUSTRATION GETTY IMAGE/iStock | Affordable housing is back in the news on Shelter Island.

ILLUSTRATION GETTY IMAGE/iStock | Affordable housing is back in the news on Shelter Island.

The developer who proposed a community housing project on a 0.31-acre lot in the Center that didn’t pass muster with the Town Board last month, believes no affordable housing proposal will ever be endorsed.

“They will not support it — period,” Janalyn Travis-Messer told the Reporter, referring to any community housing — often called workforce or affordable housing — initiative that reaches the Town Board for approval. In creating the Community Housing Board (CHB) eight years ago, the Town Board just wanted to do something that would sound “warm and fuzzy,” but never intended to allow a project to be developed, she said. “NIMBYism lives.” (more…)

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10/28/16 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

Floating
To the Editor:
Through the process of reviewing the DJTM Enterprises vetting process, everyone who signed a petition opposing the company’s affordable housing proposal was well informed on the Community Housing Board activities prior to signing. Hundreds of people who live on the Island became better informed about the floating zone and what its impact could have been on the northern section of Route 114 on a one-third acre parcel. (more…)

Featured Story
04/06/16 4:30pm
ILLUSTRATION GETTY IMAGE/iStock | For many here, housing has become impossible

ILLUSTRATION GETTY IMAGE/iStock | For many here, housing has become impossible

An idea being shopped by a local real estate broker could be a step toward creating affordable housing on Shelter Island.

Janalyn Travis-Messer outlined a proposal to the Community Housing Board at the end of March for constructing a two-unit structure — one three-bedroom unit and an attached one-bedroom unit that could provide affordable living spaces. (more…)