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Economic Recovery Zone Proposed for Station

Rossetti to seek county designation to boost revitalization.

The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency will hear a proposal Thursday to create Economic Recovery Zones, including one for Huntington Station.

Steve Rossetti, the IDA's board secretary, will present the idea at the agencys meeting in Hauppauge.

The proposal would grant incentives in a blighted commercial area designated as an ERZ  "to any worthy applicant that will bring a new business or make a substantial reinvestment in a existing business within the ERZ," he said.

The zone would be created for a specific geographic region, meaning  those incentives couldn't slip away into more viable commercial areas.

For Huntington Station, Rossetti identifies a zone running primarily along New York Avenue from Olive Street in the north to West 23rd Street in the south.

Rossetti said the IDA "should consider any requests for the creation of an ERZ from community leaders or any creditable source, which may include a request from a member of the SCIDA board."

Real estate developers of commercial /mixed use or industrial real estate projects within the ERZ would also be eligible for SCIDA incentives. 

"The SCIDA should focus not only on job creation when assessing the worthiness of a application, but also the size of the investment being made into the business or development project, or the need  the business will fill in the community," Rossetti said.

The IDA meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge.

Linda Otta October 25, 2012 at 04:10 PM
How much do we pay the town run EDC ( Economic Development Corporation ) The CDA (Community Development Agency) who subcontract companies like Sustainable Long Island to do market studies and are paid by grants (tax dollars) for us now to have a need to approach the County for more help? How many studies and artist renderings have been done since 1967 and at what cost to the tax payer for us to realize government needs to get out of the way. That THEY are the problem? It is my understanding the Renaissance Developers (also hired by the town to revitalize Huntington Station) are hosting all these meeting and have a website called Source the Station where you "like" an idea and they apply for grant money (tax dollars) to do a feasibility study???? None of this ever goes anywhere but continues to cost money to the tax payer. Why do we continue to allow the nonsense> FIRE the EDC the CDA, obviously THEY are a waste of tax money if outside entities need to be brought in to do their job's for them. Don't we also have a planning department??? What do these people do all day?
Laura October 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM
There have been attempts to build in Huntington and surrounding area. We are still trying to stop Avalon. Now another one. The Oak Tree dairy land, may be 444 unit senior citizen gated community. The community does not want this. Greater huntington group and Preserve Huntington are against this project. Town Hall Meeting Nov. 7 th if you are interested. Laura
Ranger Sewer October 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Linda Otta, Because it's part of the Town's Shell Game they play with TAXPAYERS MONEY. How come NOBODY EVER ASKS why does the TOH SUPPORT CRIME? Is there ever SANCTUARY for the TAXPAYER, or do they still collect TAXES at the POINT OF A GUN? REMEMBER HUNTINGTON, YOU VOTED FOR ALL THIS WASTE.
Hikerr October 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Complain all you want on here, the Pols. don't care about the tax payers.Today they are all having an intimate breakfast with the Chamber of Commerce and 150 people who will all have their ears for 10 minutes each. Ever get the town board to listen to YOU for 10 minutes?
Jim October 26, 2012 at 07:51 PM
You don't live in the town any longer so you aren't paying anything. Please stop commenting on ToH business when you no longer live in the town!

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