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Work Underway on New York Avenue Plaza

Walkway will run in front of shops where abandoned auto shop was demolished.

Work is underway again in front of 1000 New York Ave. in Huntington Station.

The town project will create a pedestrian plaza at the property between Olive and Henry Streets.

An abandoned auto shop, long an eyesore along New York Avenue, was demolished last March as part of the revitalization plan for Huntington Station. The town acquired the building the previous year through eminent domain after it had sat empty for a decade.

The redevelopment  is part of a bigger plan that includes the town’s construction of a pedestrian plaza in front of the parcel at New York Avenue and Olive Street. The town secured a $1.17 million State Restore NY Communities grant to assist in the demolition and construction of a 10,800-square foot mixed-use, retail and residential building.

A pawn shop moved into the row of shops at the address, after a barbershop moved over one spot.

Alix Louca September 12, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Hopefully all the day laborers will make their way north to the new plaza out of the CVS parking lot on Depot and Pulaski. Why are we building a new hangout area for the people that loiter all day?? I am confused!!!!
Ashley Palko September 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM
When you take care of a town and make inviting spaces where people want to spend time, not "loiter," it benefits the community. Mixed use allows for residential and commercial and a constant presence unlike an abandoned building. Parks can only benefit towns!
Alix Louca September 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Hi Ashley yes I agree parks are a good thing. But this park is in a area which is on a very busy main road near many stores. Where are the families going to be coming from? I don't know where you are from but as a Huntington resident I can tell you our loitering problem is alarming and money is not being spent to clean up blighted areas. I love my town but I feel unsafe driving through my own neighborhood and my children go to school here.
Margaret September 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Yeah, I've stopped going to the CVS on Depot. I hope the town starts to focus more on other areas of Hunt. Sta., not just those closest to the village. All along Depot is blighted, and getting worse. Doesn't Huntington township have loitering laws?
Diane September 13, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I wanna see good ole Frank Petrone leave his home in Dix Hills and hang out there
Marita Eybergen September 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM
It is up to the owners of the property to complain to the police for some reason they don't. The town is not responsible for people hanging out on private property. I was happy to see CVS come to our area but it makes me sick to look at when passing by that they allow this, Just the same as All Weather tire lets them hangout and they even have their own chairs to sit on. Oh and the gas station, where they put the "Sports Center" lovely to see them hanging out there also.
photomike1 September 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM
hope they add a bike lane this would enable the state to recieve 3% back in federal funding and ad to the quality of life. as far as the loitering problem this is part of a much larger issue. in 2000 i spoke with a local immigation official and asked out of curiosity why nothing was being done about the undocumented workers there i only asked because he said he drove by there every day when he dropped his wife off at work. his response was that the INS policy was to ignore them because there was a non issue and no one was complaing about it.
photomike1 September 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM
as far as all you haters let me paraphrase A. Lincoln - I don't like that man, I think i should get to know him better.
Adrian Snare September 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM
So, where is Mr Lincoln when we need him? He is a lot closer than we think. We just need to think and read. But, do turn off your right-wing radio talk shows and all other things of hate and fear.

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