Town Board to Take Up Projects

Town Board to Meet
The Town Board will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m., with two major projects on the table. It will consider a settlement proposed for the Ruland Road apartment project and conduct hearings on zoning changes for the Columbia Street housing and Renaissance Downtowns hotel plans.

Cantor Fitzgerald Documentary at Cinema Arts
A documentary that examines the Sept.11 attacks and the effects on Cantor Fitzgerald will be shown Tuesday. Cinema Arts  will show Out of the Clear Blue Sky at 7:30 p.m.

Choral Society to Perform
The Huntington Choral Society will perform “American Reflections:  The Winter Solstice”  Saturday at 8 p.m. at Huntington High School. Admission is $20.  Students are admitted free.  

silent partner December 09, 2013 at 07:27 AM
please come to town hall against this hotel!!!! once the zoning changes for this parking there is no going back!!!! There are several hotels in Huntington which are now unofficial homeless shelters for dss. parking should not be the first thing to go during the redevelopement. lets get redeveloped before removing a neccessary space that is being CURRENTLY used effectively. during the week train station parking already extends to street parking well down columbia avenue and railroad street. where will residents park with the removal of this lot. fist things first. build or provide alternative parking before removing parking that is already sparse.
John Fay December 09, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Word is the LIRR is looking to acquire Nassau / Suffolk Lumber for a rail yard. Might be a good question for the board Tuesday night...
Marita Schimmel-Eybergen December 09, 2013 at 05:18 PM
No other town has as much parking as Huntington Station, we have (2) huge garages which the top level is hardly used on the south side garage beside all the places they knocked down for the Urban renewal or Horizon 2020. We need revitalization and we need businesses that will produce money for our schools and create jobs. Parking lots do not support our schools and local economy. In order to revitalize and to have business' want to be in the station we need to develop. Looking a leveled parking lot is not going to help. There will be ample parking because that is part of the plan is to build a garage for the spaces for the hotel along with the commuters spaces that were taken away. A hotel with stores underneath will be a great asset to Huntington Station.
Dan N. December 10, 2013 at 01:40 AM
The hotel that's proposed is a quality "boutique" style hotel which would include "destination" areas for locals as well as those in neighboring towns in addition to out-of-town guests (perhaps akin to the Viana hotel in Westbury). Some seem to be likening the concept of a hotel in H.S. to nondescript MOtels you can find along Jericho Tpk, but there is no comparison as I've come to understand. Because I live here, I've attended Source the Station meetings to educate myself on the development ideas that are being proposed, rather than jumping to conclusions in ignorance. I live in this town and want to see the place revitalized, or just plain vitalized, and the existing parking lots will never contribute to that, nor will they ever produce commerce or tax revenue. Some of the parking lots are half empty on business days, and if the parking that IS used is reconfigured to accommodate all existing commuters, I don't see any issues. I, for one, prefer that the H.S. I live in to not remain in its current, largely lackluster and stagnant state, and support the promise and vitality that a classy, mid-sized hotel could bring, and the momentum in development that it may foster.
John Fay December 12, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Is a huge LIRR Rail Yard at the Nassau / Suffolk Lumber good for Huntington Station Station's revival...
Robert W December 12, 2013 at 09:01 AM
You could build the Taj Mahal on that site until you clean up the crap that surrounds it no one will come to stay or shop there! Hey mommy what's that on the street light? I don't know Johnny lets ask a local. Oh that is a shot spotter.
CAPICU December 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM
We can let this area remain as is or we can try to understand and develop the unique potential of this train station. It’s easy to find faults and make fun of this area, but that gets us nowhere. But please no more Condos.
G December 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM
I don't understand how a boutique hotel is going to be successful in Huntington Station. It sounds like a great idea on paper, but who's going to use it? Do we get a lot of tourists to Huntington? A lot of business travelers to Huntington? I don't think so. Plus if the area continues to be a crime area, what visitor is going to want to stay there after it gets reviewed on the travel sites. The developers have their own (monetary) reasons for getting the town to sign up for revitalization. Will they have skin in the game afterwards? Or will we get stuck with another lame idea like that foolish sculpture outside the pawn shop?
G December 12, 2013 at 01:01 PM
I urge all residents to open up their eyes whenever they are out of town near another rail station. What do you see? Most rail stations in commuter towns are not good areas, because it is a less preferred residential area and there is no real commercial district with good sized employers. That leaves smaller businesses like auto repair shops and light industrial as the main residents of the area, just as we have in HS. It's just an economic reality. In larger cities where public transportation is the main form of travel (not cars) and larger employers are nearby, rail stations can be successful areas because the areas are destinations themselves. I repeat what I said above: HS is not a destination. No one is coming to HS by rail other than commuters returning home from NYC. Travel in Huntington (and the rest of suburban LI) is much more car-oriented. HS will not draw many visitors, and a hotel is a dumb idea.
CAPICU December 12, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Huntington Station revitalization thus far has created the following benefits for its residents. -Rental income for Avalon -More Tax money for the town of Huntington -Pretty sidewalks and an unkept sculpture for Huntington Station -Traffic overflow from New York ave into the side streets (keep your kids indoors) Huntington Station deserves better!
G December 12, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Listen, I understand people are desperate to clean HS up. I don't blame them. And adding businesses down there will increase the tax base and help keep property taxes down. Trust me, Franky Petrone understands this. I just wish he understood how to control spending as a means to keep property taxes down as well. Places like Armonk in Westchester keep their taxes down by having large office complexes in the area with lots of white collar jobs within easy driving commute for nearby residents. We have similar stuff in Woodbury and Melville. That doesn't seem to work in HS since it is too far from the expressway. And expanding the LIRR HS to include a rail yard isn't going to help anything at all. Just look at Woodside or Jamaica in Queens. Lovely areas, don't you agree? A rail yard will just make the train station area even more undesirable for residents. Honestly, I think the real solution is to figure out a way to attract tomorrow's small business to the area: that is, high tech small business. Relying solely on mom and pop businesses is just too risky; the current state of HS along NY Ave is a testament to this.
John Fay December 16, 2013 at 08:38 AM
Someone from the Huntington Civic Association should reach out to Nassau / Suffolk lumber validate if this sale to the LIRR is happening??
Pam Robinson (Editor) December 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM
We'll have a story later today on this...
John Fay December 19, 2013 at 01:01 PM
was a story ever posted on this, Pam?


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