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02/08/17 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Community Housing Board Co-Chair Mary-Faith Westervelt hopes a community forum will provide a catalyst to the creation of sustainable year-round housing.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Community Housing Board Co-Chair Mary-Faith Westervelt hopes a community forum will provide a catalyst to the creation of sustainable year-round housing.

The Community Housing Board (CHB) is alive and well on Shelter Island and not looking to change the legislation meant to create opportunities for reasonably priced rentals.

“We’re not overhauling the law,” CHB Co-Chair Mary-Faith Westervelt said this week. (more…)

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01/17/17 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Many Island real estate professionals are bullish about the market on Shelter Island.

But one calls it neither a buyers’ nor sellers’ market, but a “realistic” market. What Melina Wein of M Wein Realty Inc. sees is “a lot of fluid pieces,” not just here, but nationally and internationally, that have many buyers and sellers trying to figure out where the economy is going before they pull the trigger on a transaction. (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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11/02/16 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Councilman Jim Colligan, shown here at an earlier meeting, said at the Town Board work session Tuesday that "what we’ve just done here is a compromise.”

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Councilman Jim Colligan, shown here at an earlier meeting, said at the Town Board work session Tuesday that “what we’ve just done here is a compromise.”

After four and a half months of exploring the subject of short-term rentals, the Town Board is still edging toward a resolution that would allow a maximum of eight such rentals per year with six of those limited to seven or fewer days each.

About a dozen residents were on hand at Tuesday’s work session to express concerns about the decision that would apply limits to a full year, not just the summer months as had been initially considered. Some worried that property owners would use up their maximum yearly allotment during the summer months and there would be no place for visitors coming for a weekend in the fall or spring. (more…)