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AvalonBay Hearing Draws Huge Crowd

85 residents sign up to voice opinions at spirited town hall meeting in Huntington.

In meeting lasting more than four hours, the Huntington Town Board read off a list of 85 people who signed up to voice their opinions regarding the controversial AvalonBay project proposed for Huntington Station.

Town Hall was filled to capacity as dozens of civic leaders, business people, local residents and elected officials discussed the possibility of a zone change which would clear the way for construction of hundreds of new apartment units in the area. 

The majority of those who signed up to speak stayed for hours, waiting for their time to speak, forcing the meeting, which began at 7 p.m., to run well past 11 p.m.

AvalonBay representatives have requested a change in rezoning, from R-7 single-family type to R3M, which would allow Avalon to build 379 units of multifamily housing, with 303 units to be rented and 76 to be sold on the north side of East Fifth Street.  

With the public hearing now closed, the board could decide on the zoning change during its next regularly scheduled meeting in June.

At an earlier portion of the meeting, which began at 6:30 p.m., the town board heard nearly two dozen public comments regarding the construction of a proposed 7-Eleven store  in Huntington Station. Construction of the store would require a town code change by the board at a later date.

Jen LaVertu May 17, 2011 at 05:15 PM
tsk tsk tsk assumptions assumptions, you know what they say.
Jen LaVertu May 17, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Kim, You have an EXCELLENT POINT!!!!!! Let's put it up for a resolution vote AFTER the Town provides us with a proper Environmental Impact Study. Let the voters who live here decide.
Jen LaVertu May 17, 2011 at 05:32 PM
As a follow up and for the record someone asked me about this. "I was unable to locate R3M zoning on any parcels outside of Huntington Station." I, as a non-paid person, only a resident, used the Towns website helix map. When using this Helix map I was trying to look up the Melville AVB site and compare to our zoning as I thought for sure it was the exact same zoning. HOWEVER when I pulled up the adress it did not come up also when I surfed on the map to manually get to the site I noticed that I was unable to look at any other parcel outside of Huntington Station so it is obviously a glitch. I tried to be as clear as possible in the 3 minutes allowed that "I was unable" does not translate to "it does not exist" Thanks again.
Patched Out 2 May 17, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Is Ms. Wong running for a Town Board seat? I just want to be clear regarding intentions of what is being said/posted here.
Jen LaVertu May 17, 2011 at 06:53 PM
people running for office can't post? Why? I don't know if she is or is not running. I don't understand the need to demonize everyone all the time time just because there view is different than yours.

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