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A rendering of the new assisted-living community in Mount Sinai.
SENIOR HOUSING BOOMTOWN
HAS LI’S ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PEAKED?
Jan Burman, president of the Engel Burman Group, the largest developer
of assisted living communities on Long Island, stunned a business group
recently with an announcement that the Jericho-based company will be
looking elsewhere in the country to build new facilities.
There are a combination of factors for the decision. They include a cutoff of
new natural gas supplies, the possibility of a New York State prevailing wage
law, rent control, high property and other taxes and, what surprised many:
saturation in the assisted living industry on the Island — for now at least.
“We basically said that, at some point, there will be too many of these places on
Long Island,” Burman said after delivering the same news to the Commercial
Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island. “I’m not sure Long Island can hold
any more at this time.”
But Burman did not rule out building more such facilities in years to come.
Engel Burman operates 14 Bristal Assisted Living communities on LI, with one
more coming in Mount Sinai, and five others in Westchester and New Jersey.
Another is to be built in Manhattan. Burman said the company is looking to
build its future upscale Bristal facilities in South Florida.
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