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Long time coming

Rochester Business Journal
May 2, 2014

Construction is expected to be completed by year-end on the first phase of a $16 million upscale housing project in the Perinton hamlet of Egypt.

Pittsford-based Longwell Builders LLC broke ground recently on StoneBrook, a neighborhood of 87 townhomes and cottages for lease.

Developer Todd Longwell said it should take two and a half years to fully build out the three phases. The first phase, which began in October, includes construction of the clubhouse and 29 units; it should be completed by the end of the year. Two additional phases with 29 units each are to follow.

StoneBrook sits on 45 acres. Of that, 20.5 acres will remain open space and include a network of hiking trails that connects to the Crescent Trail System in Perinton. The trails also connect to sidewalks within the community.

The residences are to include 32 cottages and 20 townhome buildings with two or three units each. They are expected to range from 1,256 square feet to 1,756 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Rents will range from $1,500 to $2,450 a month.

The townhomes and cottages will feature quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances, as well as open floor plans, 12-foot-high vaulted ceilings and a porch, deck or patio. A number of them will have a finished lower level and bonus room.

The clubhouse features an exercise room and gathering room with a fireplace and flat-screen television. There is also a kitchen, conference room, covered porch, barbecue, outdoor pool and dog washing area.

Longwell said his firm is in discussions with a local health care provider interested in constructing a building for independent seniors on the property.

Advertising for the housing community began roughly a week ago, and Longwell said he already has received inquiries.

The area, between Loud and Thayer roads off Route 31, was rezoned in 2007 as a planned development district.

Longwell originally had approached town officials more than seven years ago about the project but held off because of factors that included a challenging economic climate.

Since then, the developer has made a few changes to the plan and received final town approval for the project last year. Those changes included leasing, rather than selling, the properties.

Longwell said research has found interest in leasing residential property, with benefits including no property taxes and no exterior home maintenance. Maintenance and renovations can make home ownership a costly venture, he added.

“It costs more for people to live in their homes than they think,” he said.

StoneBrook will have no association fees. Services such as home maintenance, driveway snow removal, lawn care and refuse collection will be provided.

Michael Barker, Perinton supervisor, said he is excited about the StoneBrook project, which is similar to another that Victor-based Pride Mark Homes Inc. is starting down nearby. Both projects help meet Perinton’s long-term plan of keeping residents in the town as they age, he said.

Barker said that when he was campaigning last year before being elected to office, the top concern mentioned by homeowners was the need for housing in the town that would allow them to downsize as they age without moving away.

Town studies and developers’ research have indicated a trend toward leased housing, Barker said.

Longwell Builders specializes in custom-designed homes in neighborhoods such as Cross Meadow Lane, Pine Acres Drive, Stonebridge Lane and Royal View in Pittsford.

The firm is building a 12-home neighborhood called Basin View in Pittsford at Route 96 and Thornell Road.

Longwell Builders also includes commercial properties in its construction and management portfolio. The company owns commercial space at Linden Oaks and recently renovated the Pittsford Flour Mill at Schoen Place.

5/2/14 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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