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.