The Town of Huntington has taken the next step toward addressing parking issues in Huntington Village, with the Town’s Economic Development Corporation authorizing retaining a consultant to study the feasibility of constructing a parking garage on what is currently a surface lot between New and Green Streets.
The EDC, in a resolution approved at its January 30 meeting, voted to retain Level G Associates of Old Bethpage to review and update previous Huntington Village parking studies, complete a conceptual design of a parking garage and to assess the project’s potential, sizing and economics. As noted in Level G’s proposal, the purpose of the preliminary study is to give the Town and the EDC “a factual and realistic look at project development and economics and an understanding of what it will take to get a parking deck project built on this site.” The study is expected to take about three months and cost up to $10,000.
Should the preliminary study determine that the project appears to be economically feasible, Level G said the next step could be to undertake the more detailed study that would be required to obtain financing.
Retaining Level G to conduct the feasibility is the latest measure undertaken by the Huntington Village Parking Consortium to address the shortage of parking in the Village during peak hours. The consortium includes the Town, the EDC, the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, the Huntington Village Business Improvement District and the Paramount Theater. Other measures, as recommended in a study the consortium commissioned a few years ago, have included instituting tiered pricing for metered parking spots, improving signage to direct motorists to municipal parking lots and a pilot valet parking program. The consortium also evaluated requests for proposals that explored possible public-partnerships and a mixed use structure before opting to consider a public project for a parking-only structure.
“At each step in this process, we have learned more about the benefits and downsides of various parking options,” Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said. “With demand for the limited parking in Huntington Village remaining strong, especially at peak periods, now is the time to explore the parking garage option in greater depth. I look forward to the results of this study and the consortium’s discussion of its conclusions.”
“The EDC understands how availability of adequate parking affects the economic health of the village and its future, and is happy to commission this study as a logical next step in the process of considering the various courses of action,” said EDC Chairman Rob Ripp.
Based in Old Bethpage, Level G Associates specializes in parking consulting services. Its past clients have included municipalities, parking authorities, many governments in New York and New Jersey (including a number of Long Island towns and villages), as well as shopping centers, developers, and architects and engineers. Level G’s founder and principal, Gerard Giosa, has over 30 years of experience as a parking consultant. He has conducted numerous parking studies in the United States and Canada and is a recognized parking expert on Wall Street. Parking garage feasibility studies prepared by Mr. Giosa have launched more than $500 million in parking revenue bond issues.