Time-Tested Philosophy Offers ‘New’ Approach for Suburban Living

Offering a series of affordable 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom modular designs, The Woodlands aims to bring a time-tested approach to modern suburban development — smaller homes on smaller lots, to maximize efficiency, affordability and availability of newly built dwellings. We’re building for a new generation of buyers and for modern lifestyles — from Baby Boomers seeking to downsize to Millennials looking for their first new home. Timing of The Woodlands comes as home values in Orange County continue their slow and steady rise and amid a tightening inventory of existing homes, more than half of which were built between 1955 and 1969. New housing stock for a new generation


HOWARD N. HELLMAN is managing partner of STARLIGHT HOLDINGS, West Nyack, N.Y., developers of The Woodlands. Howard has been building single-family, multi-family and commercial properties in the Hudson Valley for 25 years. Starlight Partner Brian Brooker has more than 40 years of experience in a range of civil engineering projects and has developed new-home communities in Orange and Rockland Counties. Architect Hugo S. Subotovsky, the creative force behind award-winning neighborhoods in several New York boroughs, is also a partner of Starlight Holdings.

GREG LOUKS, West Point graduate, is president and CEO of Iron Sword, a construction management company and general contractor for The Woodlands. Iron Sword, Wallkill, N.Y., is a verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business with extensive experience managing residential and commercial projects in the Hudson Valley.

CARLA BAKER, Iron Sword, is project manager for The Woodlands. Carla is a graduate of New York University where she earned her Masters in Construction Management.

LYRA BLUMENTHAL is an associate broker at RE/MAX Benchmark, New Windsor, N.Y., and one of the Hudson Valley’s most successful real estate professionals. Lyra is responsible for sales and ensuring happy homeowners at The Woodlands.

MARCY SACKS is president of Romancing the Home Interiors, New City, N.Y., and lead designer for The Woodlands. A seasoned professional, Marcy has worked for decades with residential and commercial clients locally, as well as in Westchester, Manhattan, and Philadelphia. Her artistic sensibilities and ability to craft personalized home interiors (and exteriors!) make Marcy the perfect guide for Woodlands buyers who want to create a home they truly love.

MICHAEL CORRADO, Newburgh, N.Y., is head of marketing and communications for The Woodlands. He is a former business journalist and a veteran of IBM Communications. He is currently a contractor with Young & Rubicam and the U.S. Department of State.