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Town Board Approves Huntington Station Housing Development and Hotel Rezoning

Town Council members

Town Council members

The Huntington Town Board, at its February 4 meeting, approved four measures aimed at furthering proposals for Huntington Station revitalization, advancing the Columbia Terrace affordable housing development and allowing for the possibility of a hotel across the street, as has been suggested by the Huntington Station master developer.

For Columbia Terrace, the Board approved the allocation of $2 million from the Town’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund as part of the construction cost of the 14 units (eight two-bedroom, six one-bedroom). The remainder of the construction funding is expected to come from a $1.5 million state grant. Proceeds from the sale of the units will be used to replenish the Trust Fund.

The Board also approved rezoning the property across the street from Columbia Terrace to include it in the Huntington Station overlay district, and then, in a separate resolution, added the option of a special use permit for hotels in the overlay district, with the provision that the Town Board would have to approve the permit. Renaissance Downtowns, the Town’s master developer for Huntington Station, has noted that one of the more popular community suggestions about potential projects was a boutique hotel for the site, which is now a municipal parking lot.

Finally, the Town approved an amendment to the agreement between the Town and Renaissance Downtowns requiring finalization of a Community Benefits Agreement before the site plan will be approved for any Renaissance project. Previously, the completion of a Community Benefits Agreement before construction was considered a goal and not a requirement.

“Individually, any one of these measures would be significant. Taken together, they add even more excitement to Huntington Station’s revitalization, which has seen several major advances in the past year,” Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said.

In other action, the Board:

— after holding a public hearing earlier in the meeting, amended the Town zoning code to tighten proof of ownership requirements for residences that have accessory apartments to ensure that they are owner-occupied.

— set a public hearing for 2 p.m. March 4 on proposed changes in parking fees, hours and fines to implement recommendations in a parking study commissioned by a consortium that included the Town, the Huntington Village Business Improvement District, the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and the Paramount Theater.

— approved allowing the group Cow Harbor Warriors to use Crab Meadow Beach for its four-mile warrior run, various water sports and a sunset clam bake on September 6, as part of the group’s Cow Harbor Warrior Weekend, September 5-7. The group, which aims to help those wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, will invite local and tri-state wounded veterans, their families and community members to a weekend of recreation, celebration and appreciation.

— scheduled a March 4 public hearing on a proposal to acquire a small piece of property now owned by the Greenlawn Water District to expand Phragmites Park in Centerport.



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