Arrowstreet has been working with Rechler Equity on designing a new housing brand, called Greybarn, to be developed on Long Island. As native Long Islanders, the Rechlers’ long history of developing all sorts of project types on the island stems from their strong passion for local causes. They want to create a series of new communities that are carefully designed for, and in-tune with, the interests of people living on the island.
The architecture of Greybarn is striking in its simplicity and ties in beautifully with the history of the area in which it is situated. The communities are inspired by a Dutch-Colonial style that blends the farmhouses of the Dutch Kings County with the English architecture of the north. Layouts allow for an abundance of light and air. Green spaces and courtyards encourage residents of varying generations to unwind and live comfortably within the development, as well as connect to neighborhoods beyond. A community center allows for easy access to amenities, including a fitness center; bike, surfboard and ski storage; and an event space.
The first site (Greybarn – Amityville) is located just south of the Sunrise Highway, and will start construction this fall. Once known as “the friendly bay community,” Amityville is the perfect setting for the Greybarn brand. Historically a farming community with strong ties to the fishing and boating industries, Amityville today is centrally-located, just minutes away from the quaint villages of Amityville and Farmingdale, and is in close proximity to the Long Island Railroad and Long Island’s major highways – which makes for an easy commute to other Long Island towns and Manhattan. Designed around a central boulevard that connects the 500 new housing units in 8 buildings and 4 parks, Greybarn – Amityville creates a new community and connects the existing neighborhood to new public spaces they will share with Greybarn’s new residents.
Rechler Equity plans on placing the Greybarn brand in other locations on Long Island, and Arrowstreet is presently looking at several other sites for over 2,000 additional units.