A law that was passed last month to allow smaller eateries in Huntington to serve alcohol is being considered for amendment.
In January the town board passed legislation to allow restaurants such as pizzerias to serve alcohol, under a new classification for small eateries - a bistro category - in an effort to help business owners be more competitive, officials said. Businesses will still have to apply to the state to secure liquor licenses.
However, because of concerns over parking in certain areas throughout the town, the board will now consider a resolution to amend the new bill to exclude the town’s hamlet centers as identified in the town’s comprehensive plan: Cold Spring Harbor, East Northport, Greenlawn, Huntington Station and downtown Huntington.
Town board member Tracey Edwards, sponsor of the original law, said the amendment is in response to other business owners’ concerns.
“Local business organizations requested an exclusion for the hamlets like Huntington Village until a long term parking solution is finalized,” she said.
Parking in the downtown area has long been an issue. Right now town officials are in the process of seeking a private partner willing to build, own and operate a parking garage in downtown Huntington. The time to accept such proposals was recently extended to April 8th.
Jack Palladino, president of the Huntington Village Business Improvement District, applauded the move to amend the new law.
“We’re very satisfied,” he said. “It’s great that she [EDWARDS]was able to hear and meet our concerns. Before any extra burden is put on parking in the village, a long-term parking solution needs to be addressed.”
A public hearing on the proposed amendment has been set for March 8 at 2 p.m. at town hall, 100 Main St.