Engel Burman Group, a Garden City-based real estate developer specializing in assisted living facilities, recently signed a long term land-lease with Nassau University Medical Center for approximately 20 acres of the 64-acre A. Holly Patterson campus.
They intend to construct rental housing consisting of one and two-bedroom apartments at the Uniondale site. Engel Burman will do this, subject to obtaining the required zoning approvals.
Engel Burman has expressed its commitment to work with John J. Byrne Community Center to provide a community center at the campus, a requirement of the deal. As of this date, the project has yet to obtain the required permits. In a series of Uniondale meetings, Steven Krieger, a partner at the Engel Burman Group, stressed the firm’s philosophy of aligning with the communities in which they operate and emphasize the company’s willingness to collaborate with John J. Byrne Community Center to aid in providing a facility for the community’s youth.
In discussions with David Greaves, President of John J. Byrne Community Center, Steven Krieger reiterated his organization’s intention to be a partner in advancing this venture. The developer’s commitment – which stems from an agreement between Nassau University Medical Center and Uniondale Neighborhood Center – will result in an ongoing collaboration between Uniondale Neighborhood Center, Engel Burman Group, NuHealth (NUMC), and other potential developers of the A. Holly Patterson properties.
For its part, John J. Byrne Community Center enthusiastically looks forward to working with the group. They hope this will help attract other stakeholders’ attention to realize their vision for a modern, 45,000 sq. ft.-facility, including athletics fields, and provide space for programs that will cater to the children and families of Uniondale.