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Long Island architects are creating pivotal multifamily projects

Exterior of The Shipyard at Port Jeff Harbor

When it comes to multifamily development on Long Island, one of the most prolific firms is Beatty Harvey Coco Architects, which has designed dozens of multifamily buildings throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. The firm started designing for downtowns in its Baltimore office some 30 years ago and it has applied that experience to downtowns on Long Island.

BHC’s impressive multifamily project portfolio includes The Wel in Lindenhurst, The Shipyard in Port Jefferson, Shoregate in Bay Shore, Peconic Crossing in Riverhead, several buildings in the Wyandanch Village development, and over a dozen more, bringing a few thousand new apartment units to many of the Island’s up-and-coming downtowns.

The Melville-based firm is now working on several new projects, including the next phase of RXR’s Garvies Point development, with two new buildings totaling 157 apartments to be constructed in 2024.

“We strive to utilize that same level of design and planning quality going forward – and many of our clients have engaged us for that quality design and the depth of knowledge,” says Salvatore Coco, a BHC partner. “Our downtown designs, whether traditional or contemporary, are intended to fit into the existing context and to endure for years to come.”

Coco said the introduction of apartments and mixed-use developments has contributed to the current success of Long Island downtowns, and one of the biggest challenges is to make the projects appear as residential buildings, and not institutional or commercial.

“There are wonderful examples all over the world of four- and five-story buildings with shops on the ground floor and apartments above. So, we are not re-inventing anything here on Long Island,” Coco said. “The correct selection of materials and blending of colors whether as a unified single design or a collage of multiple styles still has to feel like residential, whether contemporary or traditional in style.”

Read the full article in Long Island Business News.