Town to discuss status of Habitat for Humanity home in Orient

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | This blighted Orient home will be torn down and replaced with a modern Habitat for Humanity home.

Town Board members are scheduled to discuss the next step toward transforming a blighted property on Greenway East in Orient into Southold Town’s first Habitat for Humanity house during work session Tuesday morning.

Earlier this year, the long-vacant house was identified through Suffolk County’s 72H affordable housing program, which is designed to turn repossessed properties over to local communities to offer the homes to low-income families.

In March, the county offered the property to the town for affordable housing and has since provided $10,000 in funding for the project through a community block grant. Just two weeks ago, the town allocated another $10,000 in block grant funding toward the demolition and reconstruction of the home.

During Tuesday morning’s meeting, town special projects coordinator Phillip Beltz, who has been overseeing the efforts, will be joined by Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk president and CEO Diane Burke and Town Housing Advisory Commission member Dan Sarnowski to provide a status update on the site.

The work session begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Town Hall Meeting Room. The regular session is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Town Hall Meeting Room.