Subscribe to our newsletter

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Board Approves Huntington Station Development Strategy

Last week at a June 4 town meeting, the Huntington Town Board accepted and adopted the Huntington Station development strategy submitted by the master developer, Renaissance Downtowns at Huntington Station LLC.

The strategy, which was presented to the Town Board at its May meeting, described in broad terms the type of projects that will be considered as Renaissance undertakes its master development role. In devising the strategy, Renaissance sought and received significant community input, including 800 residents who joined the firm’s “Source the Station” initiative.

 The Town Board’s acceptance of the strategy gives Renaissance the go-ahead to pursue specific projects that would be brought to the Board for approval.

“I am encouraged by the community support of this process and by the suggestions the community shared with Renaissance to be included in their report,” Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said. “I look forward to working with the community to help make some of these exciting ideas a reality.”

In other action, the Board:

— went on record urging the Governor and the State Legislature to ensure that any plans to reorganize, restructure or replace the Long Island Power Authority address in a manner favorable to Huntington taxpayers the tax certiorari case challenging the assessment on the Northport Power Plant.

— extended until December 10 the moratorium on approving permits for wind turbines, allowing additional time to craft appropriate regulations.

— approved the $1.5 million appropriation for the Town’s 25 percent share of the joint purchase of the DeForest-Williams Estate in Cold Spring Harbor with Suffolk County and the North Shore Land Alliance.

— authorized the Supervisor to execute a contract with Boilermatic Welding Industries Inc. for replacing the dry standpipe system at the South Parking Garage at the Huntington train station. This is the latest action on the ongoing project to repair and rehabilitate the garage.

— approved a total of $196,500 from the Environmental Open Space and Park Improvement Fund to renovate the ballfield at Caravan Park in East Northport, construct a new parking area at Henry Ingraham Nature Preserve in Northport, purchase and install fitness equipment at Elwood Park in Elwood and undertake various enhancements at Geisslers Beach in Fort Salonga.

— approved changes in the Town’s Policy and Procedures manual to require, if possible, that Town Board members be given seven days advance notice of bonding resolutions and that requests for proposals be used to hire outside legal counsel.

“These changes will allow for careful consideration of how the Town borrows and who represents the Town in serious legal matters,” said Supervisor Petrone, who sponsored the resolution with Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Mark Mayoka.

“These small procedural changes will continue our diligent oversight of Town finances and help the Town operate even more efficiently,” Councilman Cuthbertson said.

“Bonding has long-term effects, which is why, if possible, the Board should be able to take the time to consider those effects before voting,” Councilman Mayoka said.

— approved an amendment to Town code to allow on-leash dog walking on designated trails in Town parks.

— accepted a donation from the Long Island Power Authority of a pole with a nesting platform for osprey at Hobart Beach in Eatons Neck.

set a hearing for 7 p.m. August 13 on a proposal to expand a section of the Town’s convenience market ordinance, which current applies only to free-standing markets, to require markets located in shopping centers of less than 10,000 square feet to have loading areas.


Read our Comment Tips & Rules

Leave a Reply




You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>