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Hearing Set for New Avalon Plan

Company seeks rezoning to allow building of 379 units in Huntington Station.

The revived Avalon Bay plan to build a large number of homes in Huntington Station will come back for a hearing May 16 on a bid for rezoning.

 Avalon Bay last month submitted a new plan to have the 26-acre site on East Fifth Street rezoned from its current R-7 residence district classification, which would allow construction of 109 single-family homes, to R-3M garden apartment district,. That latter designation would permit the construction of the 379-unit, combination of rental and owner-occupied housing project.

Three members of the Town Board--Council members Glenda Jackson and Mark Cuthbertson, plus Town Supervisor Frank Petrone--invited Avalon to resubmit the proposal.

A larger plan was turned down by the board in September after considerable community opposition to a plan that also included a transit oriented district that many felt would mean too much high-density zoning to the area.

At Tuesday's meeting, a handful of speakers reiterated their opposition, citing crime, school overcrowding, the need to protect acquifers and traffic before the Town Board voted to set the public hearing.

Councilwoman Susan Berland said Tuesday that she voted for the hearing because she had supported public hearings on other contentious issues and thought the matter needed to be discussed.

 Mark Mayoka, Mark Cuthbertson and Susan Berland formed the majority on the Town Board that voted the first plan down in September.

S.J. Harlan March 24, 2011 at 09:00 PM
The figure out a way to have it built lawfully, under the current building zoning with no negative tax consequences to the Township. Then yo can have your opinion go from fantasy to reality.
Clifford Sondock March 25, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Jennifer, you have every right to express your opinion. However, the Government should have no power to violate the right to property of the subject property owner to build more housing. I further agree that more housing should able to be built in Cold Spring Harbor or Lloyd Harbor or wherever the market determines. The problem is with Government not fulfilling its proper roles of both security and providing adequate infrastructure to accommodate growth.
Clifford Sondock March 25, 2011 at 05:11 PM
The zoning regulations are so restrictive that most change requires some facit of permission from Government. So, in deed, only the politically expedient development and redevelopment will occur. The result is a static real estate market and, in turn, economic mallaise.
Clifford Sondock March 26, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Far too much energy is wasted on the Government Approval Process which impedes innovation and the synchronization of supply and demand and raises costs. The benefits to society of Government control over the real estate market does not justify the costs. People should be able to voice their opinions all they want but their voices should not influence Government to interfere with the reat estate market...let people's tastes and desires influence those developers who produce the homes, apartments, retail, offices and warehouses through the successes of their competing developments.
Clifford Sondock March 30, 2011 at 02:20 AM
Maybe. There is a correlation between Long Island's restrictive zoning and segregation. Huntington needs both Avalon Bay and a freer real estate market.


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