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Empty In Huntington: Former Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant

Tell us what you want on the vacant property.

Walk down Main Street or drive down Route 110 in Huntington Station and you will notice some vacant storefronts adorned with "For Rent" signs, a possible indication of the hard times the area — and country — are facing.

The Town of Huntington hasembarked on a  to spark economic growth in the area and fill empty sites with businesses and housing.

Huntington Patch will spotlight empty properties to foster discussion in the community on what can, should and could be done to rehab abandoned places.

This week's property is the former Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant, located at 1000 W. Jericho Turnpike, which closed several years ago.

What do you think should go here? Tell us in comments.

Hikerr April 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM
A 7-11 would be perfect! The closest one is in HS which is a bit of a drive for coffee and a loaf of bread.
Jerry Thomas April 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM
A good Mexican Restaurant
Dave April 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM
honestly most of these vacant stores are in such dire straights the town should force the owners to knock them down before they collapse or cause a fire which would then use our tax dollars for the Fireman to put out. I'd much rather see an empty lot then some dilapidated, graffiti covered building. Also if I was looking for a building for my current business I would not want the extra expense of knocking down the building. Give me a blank canvas.
Bebe April 12, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I've often thought the same thing (especially where the carcass of that Sitar restaurant is concerned). Great comment, Dave.
Marie F. McNamara April 12, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I agree with Dave. An empty lot is better than a decaying building filled with many temptations.
steven horowitz April 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I would like to know what the zoning of the property is and what amount of parking density will be allowed by the Town. Those factors will have a large impact on what can be put there. A convenience store, branch of a local bank,a small retail establishment, or a small professional building would also fit. If you take a short drive down Jericho Tpke., however, you will see that there are a number of stores, offices and retailers those that are vacant as well. I think that the building should be leveled as a vacant lot would look better than what is there now. One more thing to consider before putting anything there is the issue of hazardous material and the environmental status of the property as it is next to a gas station and who knows what lies beneath from its history as a restaurant as well.
ctabacco April 13, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Sonic Denny's
Laura Bart April 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM
A flower garden
Hikerr April 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM
ctabacco I'm with you a Sonic's would fit in that spot perfectly. I have already emailed their company HQ and requested they check it out.
JFK2312 August 23, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I think a 7-11 or a Dunkin Doughnuts would be a gold mine. Round Swamp Road is a major route to the Northern State Parkway and the L.I.E. if you want to avoid all of the traffic lights on Rt. 110. They would do very well with commuter traffic.
Marita Eybergen August 23, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I would like to see something there than what is now. Yes tear it down would definitely look better. I just think this is a dangerous corner, so whatever goes in this location would have to consider that. A fast food place with in and out traffic might not be so safe. Sonic not such a good idea too busy for that corner. Flatten and landscape the property is ideal.
Fan July 21, 2013 at 05:29 PM
A community garden. 35 percent of Suffolk County males are obese, and another third merely overweight. It's 30 percent for women. Either that or a park with fitness stations.
TheNanny July 25, 2013 at 10:30 PM
7-11, or a nice quaint garden with benches or something. It is an incredibly busy corner and so perhaps an area where people are just out and exposed wouldn't be the safest. All I can say for sure is that we don't need any more banks. Maybe just leveling it would allow it to be sold more quickly.

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