An overwhelming response – more than 1,300 intake forms were submitted – has prompted Huntington officials to move the July 17 lottery for the 260 residences at the Club at Melville to Huntington High School. The time has also been changed to 1:30 p.m.
The change allow for more people to attend, officials said.
While it is not necessary for applicants to be present at the lottery, the expectation is that a large number of people might want to attend, which prompted the move from the smaller Cinema Arts Center to the 1,800-seat high school auditorium.
Those unable to attend can view a posting of the unofficial results in near-real time by clicking on an icon at the bottom of the Town website’s home page, www.huntingtonny.gov.
The Huntington Community Development Agency is administering the lottery for the 260 residences at the Club at Melville, the affordable over-55 community under construction on Deshon Drive.
The lottery is considering three separate income categories, in accordance with the requirements of town code. The income levels and the sales price for each category are: 80 percent of median income (sales price $211,750; maximum income for a two-person household is $67,800); 120 percent of the median income (sale price $317,750; maximum income for a two-person household is $101,650); and 130 percent of median income (sale price $385,000; maximum income for a two-person household is $120,281).
Applications are also being accepted for persons who do not meet the income criteria but who may be offered the opportunity to purchase one of the $385,000 units if any are available, depending on the results of the lottery process.
Officials say the names will be picked in a single draw. The determination of the rankings within each category will occur afterward as part of the application and verification process. The Town expects the lottery to take from four to six hours.