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Tritec receives approvals to construct apartments at old Touro College site

Rendering of 1700 Union Boulevard Bay Shore

The Town of Islip on Thursday approved Tritec Real Estate‘s change of zone request from a business district to a downtown development district paving the way for its 418-apartment project at the former Touro College campus in Bay Shore.

The developers — who are behind New Village at Patchogue, the Ronkonkoma Hub and other downtown building projects in Suffolk County — said the company is excited to get the project moving and become part of the Bay Shore community.

“We’ve been working on this the past couple years, so we’re just thrilled and really ready to get going moving forward and be a part of the community,” said Kelley Coughlan-Heck, vice president of development at Tritec. “Bay Shore is such a terrific community.”

The development is in a central location at 1700 Union Boulevard — it’s within walking distance of the train station, downtown businesses, and a short drive to South Shore University Hospital and the Fire Island Ferries.

Aside from the 418 apartment units, the Tritec project will also include several amenities for future residents, such as an interior fitness center, game room, lounges, and work-from-home spaces.

The exterior grounds will have a pool, fire pits, courtyard, rooftop deck, barbeque stations, and more.

The project will also bring 618 parking spaces and bike access, which the applicant said will be both a health and an environmental benefit to the community.

Tritec said over the past few months, the company has reached out to several active community organizations in Bay Shore to get a better understanding of the area and its residents.

A majority of community members speaking at the public hearing approved of the project, while the most adamant opposer was the Bay Shore School District.

Superintendent Joseph Bond spoke at the hearing and said he believes the apartment complex would cause “significant, irreparable damage to the Bay Shore School District.”

“The strength and stability of our schools is crucial for the strength and stability of our community,” Bond said. “Thus, if something is bad for the school district, it is bad for the community.”