First look inside the Summerwind apartments

06/05/2013 3:50 PM |

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | We’ve all seen the exterior of the Summerwind Square apartments in downtown Riverhead. Now we get a peek inside some of the actual units.

The Summerwind Square apartments in downtown Riverhead are almost ready for occupancy.

Developer Ray Dickhoff said Wednesday that construction in the 52-unit complex on Peconic Avenue is nearing completion and tenants can begin moving in this July.

“We’re getting young, professional people,” Mr. Dickhoff said of Summerwind’s 35 applicants. “We have an architect, we have people from Peconic Bay Medical Center, and we have local managers from retail stores.”

The apartment complex is located next to Bridgehampton National Bank. Joe’s Grill and Garage, a restaurant slated to open in July, is housed beneath the apartments.

Mr. Dickhoff said noise from the car-themed restaurant shouldn’t pose a problem.

“The floor separating the commercial space from the living space is a concrete floor,” Mr. Dickhoff said. He added that all floors and walls are fully insulated and the windows also help keep out street noise.

The building offers studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. Each unit comes with a personal balcony and many feature views of the Peconic River and Grangebel Park. All apartments feature stainless steel appliances, oak-colored Pergo floors and tiled bathrooms. Most units have walk-in closets, and two-bedroom units have 1 1/2 bathrooms.

Hot water is included in the cost of rent, Mr. Dickhoff said, and there will be a coin-operated laundry room on the first floor, behind the main lobby. (Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported heat was included.)

Mr. Dickhoff said there are surveillance cameras “throughout the entire building,” and an office manager will be on duty in the main lobby six days a week. To gain access to the building, residents will need to enter a punch code. Each apartment door has its own unique code, Mr. Dickhoff said.

Apartment applicants must meet income guidelines based on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s area mean income for Nassau-Suffolk, which would be $74,125 for one household. Twenty-six apartments will be rented to tenants with household incomes of up to 80 percent of AMI ($59,300). Monthly rents at this income level will be $905 for an efficiency and $1,042 for a one-bedroom.

James Britz, senior vice president of the Long Island Housing Partnership, has previously said that twenty-three of the apartments are for households making between 80 and 100 percent of AMI. Monthly rents for these units are $1,137 for an efficiency and $1,300 for a one bedroom. Three apartments, all two-bedroom, will be available to households making between 100 and 120 percent of AMI, Mr. Britz has said. These will rent for $1,559 per month.

ryoung@timesreview.com