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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.

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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