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Huntington Village Parking Structure

The Town of Huntington today issued a request for proposals for a parking garage in Huntington Village, seeking a private operator who is willing to enter into a public-private partnership with the Town, by building, owning and operating a structure at what is currently a municipal parking lot.

Issuance of the RFP is the result of the work and recommendations of the public-private consortium Supervisor Frank P. Petrone formed several years ago to address the parking shortage in Huntington village. “This is the next logical step in what has been a long, collaborative process of identifying the factors surrounding the need for additional parking in Huntington Village and considering possible solutions,” Supervisor Petrone said. “I appreciate the contributions of our partners in the Huntington Village parking consortium and look forward to continuing to work with them on this and other projects.”

The consortium, which Supervisor Petrone formed in 2012, includes the Town, the Town of Huntington Economic Development Corp., the Huntington Village Business Improvement District, the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and the Paramount Theater.

The 32-page RFP notes that the Town wants proposals for an aesthetically pleasing parking structure that is compatible with Huntington Village at either the current municipal parking lot on Elm Street east of New York Avenue or the one between New and Green Streets, north of West Carver Street.  The RFP notes that the structure could just be a garage or a mixed-use building that could include retail or residential uses.  In all cases, the developer must at least double the number of parking spaces available to the public, not counting the spaces needed for the mixed use.

As noted in the RFP, the Town would retain ownership of the land. The developer would be responsible for paying taxes on the structure

The proposals, which are due in Town Hall by noon on February 5, 2016, will be evaluated by a committee that will consider, among other factors: which proposed structure provides the most net-gain parking spaces and the greatest revenue potential, balanced against which one provides the least adverse visual impact and best blends into the existing character of the Village.  Issuance of the RFP does not commit the Town to building a parking structure, but allows a detailed exploration of its feasibility with the possibility of going ahead.

The consortium’s efforts have included retaining a consultant, Nelson Nygaard Associates, to conduct a parking study. The firm recommended several measures, including the possibility of parking structure. Other measures implemented with the consortium’s support have included activating multi-space parking pay stations on Main Street and New York Avenue; changing the hours for which metered parking is active (10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Saturday); designating a primary and secondary metered parking zone, with different per-hour parking rates; and increasing to three hours in the maximum a vehicle can remain parked at a spot. The Town also conducted a pilot program of valet parking in the New Street-Green Street lot and recently moved to purchase part of the parking lot at the AG Edwards building at West Carver and New Streets for additional municipal parking.

 

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