Shelter Island struggles to supply reasonably priced housing

Gerry Siller, Shelter Island and City Supervisor (iStock, City of Shelter Island)

Housing on Shelter Island is turning into more and more unaffordable, leaving the center class with no choices and placing the way forward for the group at stake.

Shelter Island is the one metropolis within the East Finish and not using a improvement of reasonably priced excessive density housing. Two initiatives are in improvement with reasonably priced rental choices or homeownership alternatives, however most particulars are below wraps, metropolis supervisor Gerry Siller instructed Newsday.

The island has a full-time inhabitants of solely 3,253, which triples in the course of the summer season. The shortcoming of individuals to afford to reside there yr spherical has created a de facto gated group for the rich on an island accessible solely by boat.

The median itemizing value for a house on Shelter Island is $ 1.8 million, in line with Realtor.com. No property listed on the web site value lower than $ 395,000, and that was for vacant land.

Assistant metropolis supervisor Amber Brach-Williams stated at a gathering in June that her difficulties discovering housing may imply she might must stop her job. Siller stated if he needed to transfer to Shelter Island at present, he could not.

The results of not bringing reasonably priced housing to the island could possibly be dire. Small, native companies are troublesome for employees, as are volunteer roles with firefighters and the ambulance firm, the outlet famous. As well as, the college district may finally be compelled to shut: enrollment for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 is simply 215 college students.

These considerations haven’t satisfied all residents that reasonably priced housing is required. Some residents have expressed concern that the rise in inhabitants may pressure the water provide. Others merely consider that those that can not afford Shelter Island reside elsewhere.

The Hamptons have an identical drawback.

One possibility into account is a invoice authorizing a 0.5% actual property gross sales tax to assist fund reasonably priced housing initiatives within the East Finish. An identical invoice was vetoed by Andrew Cuomo in 2019, however the brand new invoice was handed by the Legislature this yr and appears set to hit Governor Kathy Hochul.

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