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.