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Hotel, Doggie Day Care on Station Agenda

Group hears proposals for new businesses, hotel development.

Sean McLean of Renaissance Downtowns. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson
Sean McLean of Renaissance Downtowns. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson

Hotels for humans and daycare for dogs topped discussions at Monday’s Source the Station meeting about revitalizing Huntington Station.

Also discussed was the Columbia Street project, which has transitioned from a plan for eight homes, each with and accessory apartment, to 14 condos with no apartments, and set aside for veterans. 

Renaissance Downtowns, master developer for the revitalization project, is now overseeing in the Columbia project, which sits at the intersection of Railroad Street, Lowndes Avenue and Columbia Street, for the Community Development Agency.

Renaissance is looking to add a hotel in the commuter parking lot on the southwest corner of Railroad Street and New York Avenue. A zoning change is required on town-owned property before a builder could apply to build a hotel; a Dec. 10 public hearing will consider that change.

A small crowd of residents also heard a proposal for a doggie day care center, one of several ideas floated by entrepreneurs and business owners that would become part of the broader revitalization project.

 Skip Barrett, who would like to open a doggie daycare center, outlined his idea and took questions about possible objections, such as waste disposal and barking.

“I know without a shadow of a doubt that a gigantic market exists” for a dog care center in Huntington Station.  He said he believes that commuters heading to the Long Island Rail Road station would drop their dogs off for care before returning home in the evening.

Sean McLean, a Renaissance vice president, said selecting and supporting the right ideas could mean economic success for others. “It’s not just that business that does well; does it work well in conjunction with others?

“It’s important to bring people here to spend money here,” he said.

McLean took questions about the Columbia Street project, explaining how the project evolved. One of the issues was the difficulties prospective buyers could face in counting on accessory apartment income when applying for mortgages, McLean said, when permits could be canceled or not granted in the first place. That decision to knock accessory apartments  out of the plan led to a brief debate among attendees about whether there was need for more apartments in town.

The hotel plan would cut into parking used for special events at the Huntington Community First Aid Squad, McLean acknowledged, adding that Renaissance would work on finding parking alternatives for the squad. “We need to get creative,” McLean said. 

At issue for the hotel are the C-6 and C-6 overlay zones.  While neither allow for hotels, changing the town’s C-6 portion to C-6 overlay, which McLean said exists only in Huntington Station, would allow Renaissance to apply for the hotel construction while not leading to the development of hotels in other parts of town.

The state owns the adjacent land, which is already zone C-6 overlay.

Source the Station is collecting ideas and listing them on its website, encouraging people to vote for their favorites. Those winning enough support will be vetted by Renaissance Downtowns for feasibility.

E November 19, 2013 at 07:15 AM
I fail to see any benefit a hotel in that location would bring. There's no reason to take away commuter parking and parking from the first aid squad for a hotel. The village is a place where a hotel would be better suited....oh wait the town turned it into a bank....
Linda Otta November 19, 2013 at 08:47 AM
Don't debate the "hotel" the 6 floors is the precedence they want to build everything else 6 stories. Watch the slight of hand, they have wanted 6 stories for years, all they need is one building and everything else will go up.
G November 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM
This is just budget chicanery. One way for the town to "balance" its budget is to sell assets and use the money as a plug. Of course, these are one-off sales which can't be depended upon every year. But it allows Fat Franky and his cronies to keep spending like there's no tomorrow. In return, we get less parking at the train station, so they can raise fees some more.....like to $600 maybe?!
TM November 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM
And why are we building a crack den, I mean hotel here?
TM November 19, 2013 at 01:06 PM
All kidding aside, go to Source the Station and listen to what their plans are for Huntington Station. They say money is leaving and being spent on big chain stores so we need closer stores to spend our money in. First of all, I live in Huntington Station. I can't afford to eat in the village, I can't afford to shop in the village, the village is too expensive. Second, there is plenty of dollars being spent in Huntington Station with all the bodegas and illegals around. Third, money isn't being spent because people are selling their houses and moving because it is either property taxes are driving them out, crime is unbelievable high or they don't want to live in a big city. Look at your school enrollments by nationalities and you will see who is moving into Huntington Station and who is moving out.
stan linden November 19, 2013 at 02:22 PM
TM is right. You want to save the station. Enforce the law. Enforce all the zoning and quality of life laws. Lets stop being politically correct and enforce housing tax laws, commercial taxes should be paid on all the illegal rental properties.. Force people to maintain their homes so others will not be forced to dump their homes at low prices.
Christine November 19, 2013 at 02:53 PM
The change in zoning is really what they are after here, then all bets are off. All this sounds like the same fight from 2 years ago just a different name.
CAPICU November 20, 2013 at 01:21 PM
TM....It’s called gentrification. Unable to eat in the village, afford to shop in the village and finds the village is too expensive…people like TM will eventually be forced to leave Huntington Station. But don’t worry TM; I’m sure some red neck state will be more than happy to have your poverty stricken self.
TM November 21, 2013 at 07:32 AM
vlpm as for redneck poverty comment, who said I'm poverty stricken? My husband and I are middle class but with the economy the way it is, it is getting harder and harder each day. Unfortunately, I was not blessed to become a politician, teacher or a doctor (like you must be). Try as hard as you can but you will not remove all the poverty from Huntington Station with a hotel or any other fancy upscale place. You need people making minimum wage to serve you so you can spend all you want to and the business make a profit. And as for your redneck comment, that shows your bigotry. People who live in the south are much more polite and yes the cost of living is cheaper. That is why so many young and old people are fleeing Long Island to live in a happier place - big houses, low taxes, a lot of property to raise your children on and low crime. The way Long Island used to be until someone decided to build, build, build and spend, spend, spend!
CAPICU November 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM
TM.....Maybe you should move to the South.... No bodegas,no illegals ,low crime and just the right kind of nationalities enrolled in the schools...if you know what I mean ;): LOL..
TM November 21, 2013 at 11:49 AM
vlmp, you really must be living under a rock if you think that New York is the only place for bodegas and illegals. That once again shows your ignorance! You are so off comment and topic here. And no I don't know what you mean.
paul December 09, 2013 at 06:35 AM
At some point any community/town reaches its saturation point. There are only so many roads, hospitals, schools, fire and rescue. Only so much capacity for the sewer's, etc. You cannot just keep adding and adding. If anything our area is getting over populated. Traffic in the areas where we see all of these development proposals is horrendous as it is. A real close look at the politics behind many of these decisions is in order.
CAPICU December 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Paul-In the year 2012 Huntington station's population was estimated to be 33,029, an increase of 9.05 percent from the year 2000. http://www.bestplaces.net/city/new_york/huntington_station. That is one of the highest population increases in Suffolk county.Its land size is only 5.5 square miles . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington_Station,_New_York. I'm not sure why the powers that be want to keep increasing the population density in such a small area.

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