The Town of Huntington issued this release which covers the main topics from last night’s board meeting:
Huntington, NY – The Huntington Town Board, at its June 6 meeting, approved the rezoning of a 26-acre parcel in Huntington Station on which Avalon Bay Communities seeks to build a 379-unit housing development.
In a proposal filed with the Town in February, Avalon Bay asked to have the property on East Fifth Street rezoned from its current R-7 Residence District classification, which would allow construction of 109 single family homes, to R-3M Garden Apartment District, which would allow construction of the 379-unit, combination of rental and owner-occupied housing project. As required by Town code, 54 of the units – 20 percent of the increase — will be set aside as affordable.
“Avalon Bay’s proposal will benefit all Town residents, furthering Huntington Station’s revitalization and providing housing options that will allow our children entering the workforce and our elderly looking to downsize to remain in our community,” said Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, who sponsored the resolution with Councilwoman Glenda Jackson.
“This project will address the need for housing, stimulate economic development within the community and create local job opportunities,” Councilwoman Jackson said. “Avalon Bay has shown a willingness to work with the Town, and I look forward to continuing to work with the company in addressing community concerns as the project advances.”
The vote on the rezoning was 4-1, with Council Members Mark Cuthbertson and Susan Berland joining the majority, and follows by less than a week unanimous approval from the Suffolk County Planning Commission. The lone opposing vote was cast by Councilman Mark Mayoka.
Avalon Bay’s next step is to submit plans to the Town Planning Department for review.
In other action, the Town Board:
— approved an amendment to the Town Code that would impose new regulations on applications for free-standing convenience markets in the Town. The proposal follows a study conducted by the Town’s Planning Department of numerous convenience markets in the Town, evaluating parking and loading requirements during peak traffic hours. The study concluded that convenience markets generate more customers per hour during morning peak hours when compared to other retail uses. The study also concluded that while convenience markets located in shopping centers appeared to have sufficient parking and areas for on-site loading, freestanding markets did not. As a result, the study found, the insufficient parking and loading areas often resulted in those activities spilling over into adjacent residential areas, detracting from the quality of life in those neighborhoods. The study also concluded that the insufficiencies produce traffic circulation issues that create safety concerns for pedestrians.
— approved the rezoning of a parcel at the intersection of route 25A and Centershore Road to allow Hilltop Homes to construct up to nine townhouse-style condominium units in two buildings.
— appointed Kenneth F. Lindahl Jr. as the Director of Public Safety, replacing Bruce Richard, who retired.
— authorized amending the agreement with the Long Island Agricultural Network, which oversees programming at the Town’s two community gardens, to allow operation of a farm stand offering for sale produce grown at the gardens. The money generated from those sales will help support unfunded programming at the gardens, such as education of children and adults in community gardening techniques and nutrition, and the purchase of seeds, seedlings and other garden materials.
— authorized a contract with Swift Reach Networks to implement a centralized emergency notification system to communicate information to residents in emergencies.
— appropriated money from the Environmental Open Space and Park Improvement Fund (EOSPA) for various projects, including installation of a traffic signal at the entrance to the newly-rebuilt Sunshine Acres Park in Commack ($115,000), replacement of a deteriorated concrete retaining wall and installation of a security fence at Gateway Park ($350,000) and rehabilitation and reconstruction of volleyball, handball and basketball courts at Veterans Park in East Northport ($140,000).
— appropriated $360,000 from the Snow and Ice Removal Reserve Fund to remove sand and salt from the Town’s catch basins to prevent environmental and flooding damage. The sand and salt accumulated as a result of last winter’s storms.
— directed the Town’s Chief Sustainability Officer to undertake a long-range energy efficiency and capital investment plan for the Town and authorized hiring Collaborative Energy Group to help prepare the plan.
— authorized creation of a Cemetery Stewards Program, similar to the Town’s Park Stewards Program, in which volunteers will keep the Town apprised of conditions at the 60 historic cemeteries in the Town that have no custodian or entity responsible for their maintenance.
— designated the playground at John Walsh Park to be named in memory of Ann Pabo and her son Connelle.