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Tell Us: Would a Garage Ease Parking?

The Town is looking for residents' ideas on improving downtown parking.

The Town of Huntington is asking residents to help with a survey of what is needed to improve the tight parking conditions downtown.

Some residents have expressed concern about the possibility of a parking garage. Others say there's enough parking downtown if people are willing to walk a few blocks.

Do you think Huntington should add a parking garage? And if so, where should it be built?

Please tell us in the comments.

Jonathan Dees January 06, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I don't think building a parking garage where the current lot is between Wall and Green St. would be so bad - it's behind Main St. and out of view. But, why not also remove all parking spots along main and widen the sidewalks? The sidewalks in the town are too narrow. It would improve aesthetics tremendously, and open up space for walking, and al fresco dining too. And to boot, I would carve out space in the lot across from the post office to create a town square with tables and benches, where you can eat lunch, relax and people watch. That's something this town lacks. Think a piazza in Italy, or the Champs Elyse in Paris. Think BIG!
John Harvey January 06, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Slowly but surely Huntington Village is losing much of it's charm, and a garage in my opinion would only hasten the process. On the flip side, many of us who enjoy driving into Huntington to shop at many of the merchants, or run in for an early dinner and a movie, then a stroll through town, avoid doing so because of the abysmal parking situation. It is distressing to see empty storefronts along the village streets. Something has to be done, but a 2 or 3 story garage is not the answer.
Pat Kelly January 06, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Yes- Gerard Street would be an ideal location. Should be at least three stories. The one at the train station looks great.
JIM January 06, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Years ago, 10, 15' there was a group, Vision Huntington, that held public forums on how to make Huntington people am Nd business friendly. The meetings, conducted over a period of months, were very well attended. Unfortunately 95 percent of the recommendations that came out of that effort wound up in a report and died. One of the recommendations was a garage on Elm Street. As a result ont the elevation of the street the east end of a two story garage would buried into the hill and remain at "street level". The Paramount certainly generates to much traffic and something needs to be done. On the other side of the coin lets take a good look at many of the "downtown" areas on Long Island that sport boarded up storefronts and are spending millions on redevelopment with the hope it works... Perhaps a second look at the vision plan might not be a bad idea.....
wayne king January 06, 2013 at 05:02 PM
On the corner of New York Ave and Fairview there is an empty lot that could be used. I have no idea who owns it or if there is something being built there. It would be perfect.
John La Lota January 06, 2013 at 05:27 PM
We desperately need a parking garage. It would help relieve traffic conditions by reducing the endless cars driving in circles looking for spots. It would help the local businesses and increase tax revenue for the town. It would be a win-win. As far as the Paramount, it is a great venue to see talent locally. It brings in people from other towns and helps feed the restaurants and other businesses in our town.
Big_E January 06, 2013 at 05:49 PM
"The Paramount certainly generates to much traffic"? Really? Too many people are coming to Huntington? I know a lot of towns that would LOVE to have the problem of too many people several times a week...I love Huntington, I love the Paramount, and I have never had a problem parking. Yes, sometimes you have to walk a little to get to the restaurant or store you want to go to. Big deal. You'd never make it in a city like NYC if you're so afraid of walking a couple of blocks. Would you rather have a place like the IMAC that maybe got 100 or 200 people to a show? Or a place like the Paramount that can bring in 1000+ people to a show?
Jill Galli January 06, 2013 at 07:12 PM
The Paramount has done amazing things for our town. It's a win/win as far as I'm concerned! Everyone is making money from them!!!... and its a fantastic venue. lets not forget that broken down imac that wasted space for so many years! If the town rented them spaces then the town is also getting money from them for rent! Parking sucks I agree but let's help fix the problem instead of blaming buisness that help our community in so many ways. A parking garage is a great idea if it does not obstruct the beauty of the town. How about a trolly? The Paramount already has one maybe the town can add more Trolly cars and create a shuttle run? I certainly wouldn't mind paying a few bucks to jump on the trolly from a distant parking area. As far as a possible parking garage location.... It sure would be nice if the town could stop the new TD bank that's is rumored to be going up (where that old building on the corner was just knocked down) and put up a garage there!
AGH January 06, 2013 at 07:46 PM
no parking garage!!! lets stop the restaurants from owning all the spots over the last year for valet parking. completely unnecessary! every man for himself...parking was fine before that started!
Christina January 06, 2013 at 08:10 PM
NO PARKING GARAGE! I agreed with many above, you can find a spot if you walk a few blocks. NO VALET PARKING! The restaurants with illegal valet parking are taking over many of the spots that are for everyone. The Paramount should REQUIRE people to use the shuttle. Give them a coupon to use for future shows or discounts for restaurants WHEN, not if , they use the shuttle. ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING GARAGE! We would end up like Hicksville or Glen Cove with their horrific parking garages. Plenty of parking in our village you just have to find it!
ctabacco January 06, 2013 at 10:20 PM
I agree with NO Valet parking for restaurants. Come on, you can walk a few blocks! That is the whole point of going to the village for dinner! I see no problem with an UNDERGROUND parking lot. It could be 3 or more levels deep. Metered parking or have an additional fee added onto the Town parking sticker. An above ground garage like the one at the train station is an eye sore. I agree with " The Paramount should REQUIRE people to use the shuttle"
leticia January 07, 2013 at 12:33 AM
there should be more parking in the area. there are empty lots not being used that can be tastefully done for parking. we definitely do not need more banks. there are enough of those. that empty lot on ny ave that was torn down can be additional parking. and i love the paramount. i have been to many events and shows there and it has been so much fun. i have friends now coming in from the city because they love the show vibe but still with a small town flavor.
Shelley January 07, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Thank you for your reply. I believe Howard Nussdorf gave some possibilities. :) Just didn't know what sights are available. Now we have a better idea as to where.
Marina King January 07, 2013 at 04:55 AM
Ban most parking in the village and use the spaces at the Parking fields in the Station that are always empty along NY Avenue. Have transportation pick up and deliver people to the village and back. A 5 minute ride or half hour finding a spot?
John January 07, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Agreed. This valet restaurant parking thing has gotten somewhat out of hand. And the Paramount taking over the upper Elm Street lot - let them figure something else out. These are things to address before considering a parking garage. This village has a quality of life, character, and community involvement that is superb. I live about five minutes from town, and yes, occasionally it takes me a bit longer to find a spot, but I always do - even when the Paramount has a show.
Jason Molinet January 07, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Great Neck has several multi-story parking garages just off the main drag and there's no charm lost.
rosy gallica January 07, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Too bad the "Abboff " building was sold to TD bank before the parking issue was considered..... The lot between Wall and Green is certainly a location to consider for a lot, as well as better utilization of the LIRR lots on NY ave.
Christina January 07, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Great Neck is practically NYC. There is no comparison with our small town feel here in Huntington. If you poll every HUNTINGTON VILLAGE RESIDENT, you will find out that most DO NOT WANT a parking garage. Also, please note that NOT ONE Huntington Town Board member lives in Huntington Village. First you overload our school district with low income, high density housing, now you want a parking garage? Its unreasonable.
JSC January 07, 2013 at 01:16 PM
I agree that we need more parking. I think a low level garage built into the hillside of Elm St would solve many issues. It could be used by the Paramount at night. It is close enough to Hecksher Park that it can be useful for the crowds visiting there during fairs and other events. It is hidden in town for locals to use during the day while shopping. Perhaps it could be required that shop owners use it for their personal cars rather than taking up street parking. I agree that restaurants taking over parking spaces for valet use is wrong, unless they own the property it shouldn't be allowed. What about other businesses that don't have "personal" parking - they all need to survive, but not some at the cost of the others. An underground garage is financially unfeasible. The empty lot at Fairview will have the TD Bank built there and is not available. Eliminating parking on Main St might be nice for walkers but it will negatively affect all the businesses there and just create a bigger parking headache with loss of how many parking spots? Widening sidewalks on Main St might be nice for restaurants who want to put tables out there, but then you end up with no more room for walkers than you have now. A parking garage is necessary. While many of you who have commented seem to think that people should just walk for blocks - not everyone is capable of doing that - seniors, handicapped, parents with strollers...
L P January 07, 2013 at 02:10 PM
amen
wayne king January 07, 2013 at 03:30 PM
That's the corner I was speaking of. TD bank....
Jonathan Dees January 07, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Princeton, NJ has parking garages behind the main drag there - so does Old Town Scottsdale AZ. No charm lost Both towns charge minimal for parking there. TOH can do this too to offset the costs. Businesses can even have customers use vouchers if they buy something to get the parking for free. But again, the Town needs to make strolling it more aesthetic as well, as I mention above.
tony January 07, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Many of the restaurants that provide valet parking pay to use priviate parking lots near the restaurants. I live in the village and i don't know anyone who would be opposed to a well planned parking garage. I think the best location would be on Elm street where an attractive multilevel garage could blend into the sloping hill.
matt bolton January 07, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I've tried twice to use the Paramount's trolley to see shows but both times we waited 20 minutes, and the trolley never came so we drove and parked in town. Maybe if there were more trolleys more people would see them, and then use them? I haven't seen once since the place opened.
AS Huntington January 08, 2013 at 04:19 PM
A parking garage would be mostly be a hangout for kids and undesirables after dark. Totally unsafe and costly to police and maintain.
Denise January 08, 2013 at 05:37 PM
TD bank is a horrible idea for the town. The "Charming Village look will be gone forever once TD bank is built on that site.
Denise January 08, 2013 at 05:44 PM
It sounds like the garage is needed. So, why can't it be planned and built with keeping with the character of the Village? It can be done tastefully.
Vivienne Wong January 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Parking is not the issue - Huntington is a Village - ONE LANE each going North, South, East & West. The problem regarding the parking has nothing to do with the parking spaces but the multiple variances given to various new businesses by the ZBA for less parking Some of the following: - Loews Shore 8 - given a variance to expand from 4 screens to 8 screens, I believe a couple of hundred thousand dollars given to the Town of Huntington for the variance - Gerard & Clinton - 2 variances given for the corner building opposite Post Office. -Gerard & Stewart - the restaurant just received a 2nd variance. - Gerard – just East of Wall Street – restaurant on North Side given parking variance - Paramount - variance. Plus, don't forget we have the new hotel going up on Main & Stewart. Have you ever tried to get to Main on Stewart? I’m sure I have not listed all the recent parking variances. Going North High Street it can take 5 traffic signals just to get to Main with traffic backed up to Oakwood. The older established businesses played by the rules. Yes, it has been said we should be happy with all the traffic . Huntington has one of the highest income demographics on Long Island and I don’t accept that logic. One should look at the total amount of parking variances that have been rubber stamped. The parking variances have created this nightmare.
L P January 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM
All true, true, true! I started complaining when the variance was granted to the movie house and then each and every application that followed The town created the problem, now let;s deal with it We need more parking for all the places the town council allowed without adequate parking
tony January 12, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Most downtowns on Long Island would love to have this problem with traffic. Parking IS the issue; build a multi-level garage.

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