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Published in This Week/This Week’s Pennysaver, April 5, 2014

Wincoram Commons project accepted into Blight to Light Initiative

The United/Artist Theater site in Coram is demolished for Wincoram Commons. Inset Photo: Rendering of the Wincoram Commons.

Photo courtesy of Christine Pagliari/CDCLI
Photo: The United/Artist Theater site in Coram is demolished for Wincoram Commons.
Inset Photo: Rendering of the Wincoram Commons.

The Community Development Corporation of Long Island and Conifer Realty, along with the Town of Brookhaven, took the first step toward transforming the vacant and blighted United/Artist Theater site in Coram. The groundbreaking ceremony, which begins the construction of the new mixed-development of Wincoram Commons, took place on April 1.

The project has been accepted into the Town of Brookhaven’s Blight to Light Initiative, which provides incentives for redevelopments of blighted and vacant sites within the town.

“The demolition of the old UA Movie Theater, and redevelopment of this blighted property has been a long-time coming,” said Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine. “Wincoram Commons will replace an eyesore and create new jobs, new homes and a vibrant community that will transform Coram.”

“The demolition of the old UA Movie Theater, and redevelopment of this blighted property has been a long-time coming.”

The demolished theater will be replaced with a combination of mid-rise apartment buildings and townhouses over flats that will produce a mix of one-two and three-bedroom residential units. About 9,020 square feet of commercial space will be built on the Town Center Main Street. Another 6,000-square-foot commercial building will be constructed at Route 112 and serve as the gateway to the community.

Wincoram Commons will be completed in three phases. Phase I will create 98 residential units and about 7,300 square feet of Main Street commercial space. Phase II will construct the remaining 78 residential units. Phase III will be construction of the 6,000-square-foot commercial pad. Funding for the project has been received from New York State
Homes and Community Renewal, Empire State Development and Suffolk County.

“I express my support for this transformative redevelopment. Wincoram Commons is an example of smart growth redevelopment at a site that has been vacant and blighted for the past decade,” said Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore. “This community is just what is needed to revitalize the heart of Coram.”

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