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Station Residents Gather to Talk Revitalization

Future retail, public spaces among the topics.

About two dozen residents joined together Thursday night to consider ideas that would revitalize the Route 110 corridor in Huntington Station.

Source the Station, working with Renaissance Downtowns, the Plainview company hired by the Town of Huntington to plan the revitalization, is collecting ideas on its website. The underlying idea is to involve local residents who can suggest projects and then and  vote on which ones Renaissance should pursue with feasibility studies.

Among the proposals are a fruit and vegetable stand, a bookstore/performance space, apartments above storefronts and a cluster of retail shops near the train station.

The residents gathered at La Hacienda restaurant also heard an update from Renaissance vice president Ryan Porter and Source the Station's Erika Forland. Porter said Renaissance hopes to begin some projects by the end of the year or early 2014.

Residents broke into groups to discuss plans for a community festival on March 23, a trivia night, further outreach and several other projects.

Christina January 25, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Get rid of the Pawn Shop right in front of the new brick courtyard on NY Ave. That is what would revitalize Hunt. Station.
Lawrence January 25, 2013 at 02:38 PM
How about a school for adults who don't speak English? Since the government is doing nothing about the immigration problem at least let them learn the language so I don't have to press one for English whenever I make a call.
Janet B. January 25, 2013 at 03:11 PM
I have been a proud Huntington Station resident my entire life...until the Pawn Shop opened. You can talk the talk Petrone and Friends, but when you let a monstrosity like that open for business in the heart of your "revitalization" zone, you are obviously full of it.
Joe K. January 25, 2013 at 04:04 PM
What is the purpose of the new brick courtyard if I feel unsafe spending time there. The characters hanging out in front of the Pawn shop are shady at best. Why does this community need a pawn shop? It is an eyesore and attracts people we do not need in our town. If you want to revitalize the area, start with closing that place.
Jim R. January 25, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Supposedly that Pawn shop is going to be there for a while and is on Pius owned property. Thank Petrone for that one.
Linda Otta January 25, 2013 at 05:54 PM
the new bricks courtyard in front of the pawn shop will be housing a obscene piece of artwork from an artist from Colorado. Gotta hand it to our town board for promoting within and finding a local artist in a very art loving town NOT! $65 THOUSAND DOLLARS. Nice place to light up your crackpipe? An agreement with artist Madeline Weiner of Denver, Colo., for up to $65,000 for the design and installation of a public art project for the Huntington Station Plaza. http://huntington.patch.com/articles/huntington-notebook-political-motivation-of-board-member-questioned
dar January 25, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I went past there (the brick and cement work in front of the Pawn shop) yesterday and while stopped for the redlight, I took a good, long look and wondered 'Really ???'. I guess I'm just not seeing 'the vision'.....
Carl LaFong January 25, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Of course we need a pawn shop. With gold and silver at an all-time high, why should the thieves go all the way to the pawnshops on Jericho? Also not forgetting the tools stolen from jobsites and contractor's vehicles. At least they are stolidly doing their part to boost the local economy in these troublous times. Have a little compassion.
Ilivehere January 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Brick Courtyard....there? I don't understand this at all.
dar January 26, 2013 at 01:20 AM
At the corner of Olive Street and New York Ave, just south of Walgreens.
Hikerr January 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Looking at Source the Station web site it looks like apartments over stores ranks lower than some other ideas,but this will be rammed down our throats like Avalon Bay.Who wants to live by a train station? One, you have to deal with the fumes and traffic twice a day from commuters. Two, you have to smell the fumes and listen to the idling deisel trains.Three, listen to bells and whistles all night long.
Dan N. January 27, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Four: It will be affordable to young locals many of whom are considering moving out of state due to the unaffordable cost of living here. It works in other towns and can work here. Why don't you come to one of the meetings and work with others in your community to help determine the future of your community?
Hikerr January 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Dan N, ok i'll bite. How much is that affordable apartment over a store in Huntington Cesspool (Station)? As soon as I sell my house I'll be moving to someplace that seriously has an affordable cost of living area.
Dan N. January 28, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Hikerr, if you care, show up at a meeting. If not, good luck with your move.
Marita Eybergen January 31, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Not looking to start a agument with anyone of these posts but instead of bashing these ideas, why don't you come to the meetings to see what is all about. Voice your opinion about something positive, let's try to work together and help NY Avenue to look and feel better about that stretch of roadway. As it stands right now it is horrible. Everyone is affraid of the station, how can you make a difference? What are your thoughts about improving that area? They would like to hear your suggestions. This revitalization will be for everyone in the Huntington area, not just the station. I know for many it has been in a making for the last 40 years, let's not wait that long again. Please help and voice your opinion at the meetings. I am sure that they heard all the negavtives about the area but let's try to make a change and maybe with your help they can.
20+ Year Resident of Huntington January 31, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Dan N. Can I ask when these meetings are? I work in the city and don't get home until 7:30 on a good night. I would like to add my views. I live in Huntington because my wife grew up here. She was so firm that Huntington was the town where we wanted to raise our children and grow old together but now we are not so sure. We have seen graffiti on buildings in the village, good businesses like J&J close in the station, a catering to illegal immigrants crowding our schools and silly development like Avalon Bay. I have seen other communities revitalize themselves, look at Skookie, IL , that town was a dump and now is pretty. Why can we have more building like the one built in the village where Wells Fargo branch is with nice apartments above or next to Pancho Villa's with apartments above. If done right you could keep the younger and older crowd with decent apartments. I don't need to have low income subsidized housing....that is not revitalization....that social welfare. That is the failed policies of the Liberal doctrine...I want my children to live in Huntington, a safe suburban Huntington. Like TM mentioned, if I wanted to live in Queens I would have done so already. Please tell me when these meetings happen?
Dan N. February 01, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Hello "20+ Year Resident." The meetings are open to all community residents, and all are encouraged to attend so you can see what's potentially in the works and have your input. There are a couple of specialized meetings for events already in the works on Feb. 7th and 11th, but the next general meeting date hasn't been set yet, but will likely be in about 3 weeks, To stay abreast of meeting announcements and keep track of what the community group and the developer hired by the Town (Renaissance Downtowns) are working on, you can check out the web site: www.sourcethestation.com or go to the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sourcethestation.
Pam Robinson (Editor) February 01, 2013 at 02:40 AM
20+, You can watch for Source the Station blogs we'll be publishing here or go the site, sourcethestation.com for information on future meetings, goals, etc.
20+ Year Resident of Huntington February 01, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Thank you Pam for the information. I plan to be active in the process going forward.

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