Terwilliger & Bartone is being supported in this native planting initiative by SMPIL Consulting, Ltd., a Long Island-based specialist in ecological restoration and stormwater management. Founding Partner Frank Piccininni stated that, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to help ‘rewild’ Terwilliger & Bartone’s properties. This process begins with identifying and conserving existing native habitat and developing and executing plans that enhance and restore ecological structure and function.”
Terwilliger & Bartone Properties, a Long Island-based builder of luxury rental communities has committed to habitat restoration and stormwater management as essential elements in all their projects. Stated Managing Partner, Fran Terwilliger, “We grew up here. We live here. We know that it is Long Island’s natural beauty that draws people here. When we build, we will work to rebuild local nature at the same time.”
Terwilliger and Bartone have, accordingly, rethought how they are to connect their projects to the larger community. They have now chosen to start with nature, with what specific native trees, bushes, grasses and shrubs belong on the land. With Cornerstone Patchogue or Stay In West Islip, or future planned projects, that will be the first conversation, and one that has to involve the community and it’s stakeholders.
Managing Partner Anthony Bartone offered, “We are dedicated to building for the future. We believe that in that future, we will have to make space for nature. It is what nature needs and what our tenants will want. If you can build homes for songbirds while building homes for people, you will have done well.”
We very much value Terwilliger & Bartone’s recognizing that we need to build sustainably and that includes building community and investing in the local natural infrastructure, our flora and fauna. We need to remember what beauty was, before the lawns, how to live with, not against nature, by creating small wild places. So many developments look like they were just dropped out of the sky. It doesn’t have to be that way. That is not what people want now.