Station Developers Bring Ideas to Residents

Community members raise concerns of being heard, safety

Renaissance Downtowns and Vision Long Island, two organizations looking to revitalize Huntington Station, attended the Greater Huntington Civic Group meeting on Thursday to discuss potential strategies for the developing of the area.

Ryan Porter and Sean McLean, vice presidents of planning and development for Renaissance Downtowns, brought ideas to residents, such as community centers and gardens, created and shared by residents through their website www.sourcethestation.com.

"Whatever we can do we're here to do," McLean said. "We're not the residents. You have the knowledge we need to do what we can."

But community members raised concerns, wondering how an external organization could help their town.

"What I want to see is, if you want to show us some good faith aside from giving us pictures and a little fair, developing those properties already," Robert Conte, a Huntington Station resident, said. "They're great designs, but show us."

Another concern was safety.

"Reality is on the 10 o'clock news there's shootings," Nelson Martins, an East Northport resident, said. "Where's your answer for the safety?" 

Greater Huntington Civic Group President Steven Spucces said to those who attended the meeting that they should give the developers the benefit of the doubt until plans are established and finalized.

And the developers added, if the residents still don't want them to develop in the future, they'll leave.

According to Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island, five process points he has heard the public in Huntington Station wants includes: more trust and involvement from the public, people want to hear more about Renaissance Downtowns, they're happy to see positives like Station Sports and the community garden, they want an explanation of who Vision Long Island is, and "just get something done," he said.

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Renaissance Downtowns is a for-profit group that develops in towns looking to rebuild a downtown they may have once had, like Huntington Station. Visions Long Island is a nonprofit organization that works separately from Renaissance Downtowns but with the similar goals of building a community with the consent of the community.

Justin Thyme April 05, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Eric Alexander's group is essentially a PAC for developers, where as, under the guise of smart developments, he endorses high density projects. I'm surprised to see the Greater Huntington CA sipping their Kool Aid.
Pat April 05, 2013 at 12:37 PM
I would have concerns over Vision LI's involvement in this revitalization plan.
N P M April 05, 2013 at 02:28 PM
When it comes to a project like this one, Renaissance Downtowns has never proven themselves. Hempstead hasn't happened; it's all a theory. None of these ideas have been put together, and proven to work. I would hate to see Huntington Station be the guinea pig, and learning curve.
Pat April 05, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Maybe Renaissance has made some changes, but this company has a poor history, and Vision Long Island makes enemies of anyone who stands in their way. They are now trying to be the saviors of those hurt by Sandy which is not their mission. How can they manage so many hats so well?? They don't. It wasn't too long ago that the mayor of Glen Cove had some choice words about Rennaisance and had to reach out to RXR. Huntington residents should do their due diligence and research well both of these organizations and ask the hard questions. We will end up with work begun but no completed "vision" or plans will remain on the books for years to come with nothing started.
Mary Z April 05, 2013 at 07:38 PM
You can decorate a garbage can but essentially it's still a garbage can. Sorry to say but they just don't get it. I planned on getting involved but at this point it's gonna be FSBO!
Positive note April 05, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Bristol, CT is thecompleted Rennaissance project. I don't understand why some of the comments always have to be negative.... If you can't rebuild your downtown on your own and you don't want a developer to do it, AND you want it fixed, how exactly do you get that done? Or is it more fun to keep the old "they ruined our downtown 40 years ago and it never changes...." Change has to start somewhere, even if its a painted garbage can. If you don't start, it'll never happen.
Speak the Truth April 06, 2013 at 02:24 AM
So sad that so many people express their needs and wants as residents, but no one listens... Especially Rennaissance, and the board... Leave Rennaissance !
Speak the Truth April 06, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Rennaissance wants to make everyone believe they're coming in for social excellence, and advancement... THEY ARE NOT! They have deep pockets, and negotiate for discounted, municipal, property prices and tax breaks... No matter if there is a revitalization, or not, they make a profit. Don't fall for the hype! I would just wish they would come out with the honesty. And, that is right... None of their revitalization projects has a long enough track record to be proven to work.... Even CT... Speak the truth, not lies! Thank you!
Hikerr April 06, 2013 at 10:31 AM
If the town is serious about developing a downtown for Huntington Station then they should start with what is there and not waste money on building new, north of the train station. Take the area on NY Ave. from the station south to Jericho Tpke. and fix it up. Install new stores and shops there, put the auto repair shops and the like by the train station where no one wants to live any way.
Patched Out 2 April 06, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I like living by the train station and like using the train and dont want the the auto repair shops in my neighborhood. How about putting the auto repair shops in your neighborhood if you like using autos that way it would be much more convienent for you when your car needs servicing.
Jack White April 06, 2013 at 02:28 PM
WOW. Yimby turns Nimby very quickly when it is in her neighborhood huh? Split personality perhaps?
2 Turn Tables April 06, 2013 at 04:22 PM
I watched the video. My question's are - how do they quantify "money leaving Huntington Station?" It seems like an boiler plate ideology. - It seems that Renaissance Downtown's deep pockets come from somewhere? But from where? A low cost health club? A soul food restaurant? WHAT'S IN IT FOR THEM? What is their agenda? Why are they doing this? For those of you who like taking the train, take it. I like driving my SUV all over the place. The promotion of an urban lifestyle in suburbia doesn't jive. And I like my tire store by the train station. It blends in beautifully.
Patched Out 2 April 06, 2013 at 04:27 PM
:) thought u needed a chunkle for the day! nice to know that u still got tabs on ME given your notation of "her" in your post!
Patched Out 2 April 06, 2013 at 04:37 PM
oh the tire store can stay in my neighborhood as they are a great family business. i meant some of the other auto repair shops......i think we should move some of them to your neighborhood as i am willing to share :) spilt personality....yes i guess you could say that as i do like to drive too and have a car, but i really do like my train station and the option of easily using the train.
Jack White April 06, 2013 at 06:10 PM
No one is keeping tabs on you, you commented. If I click on your profile people have posted to you calling you Kim.
Precious Box April 06, 2013 at 07:12 PM
6 Americans killed in Afghanistan today,,,,God bless them and their families,,,where is the news, the anti war protests???


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