Huntington Station development blueprint adopted

View of potential Train Station, far rear, facing

View of potential Train Station, far rear, facing north on New York Avenue near Depot Road in Huntington Station. Rendering provided by Renaissance Downtowns. (April 26, 2013) (Credit: Handout)

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A plan that calls for sweeping changes to the Huntington Station landscape along New York Avenue from 11th Street to High Street has been unanimously adopted by the town board.

The five-member board Tuesday night approved the Huntington Station Development Strategy developed by Renaissance Downtowns, the master developer selected by the town to revamp the area. It would result in a downtown-like setting for the area surrounding the Long Island Rail Road station.

"People like what the blueprint is," town Supervisor Frank Petrone said. "The ideas came from people who don't regularly get involved, civic groups, business and other officials and the expert planners of Renaissance."

After a nearly yearlong campaign, the Plainview-based master developer unveiled its plan last month to resounding approval from the town, residents and other stakeholders.

"We're really excited by the support we received from the town supervisor and the board and especially the community," Ryan Porter, vice president for planning and development for Renaissance Downtowns, said. "This is just the beginning of the process. We can now move forward with tweaking some of the plans the town has already been working on."

Those plans include the Northridge Plaza project and the Columbia Terrace development of affordable homes.

The development strategy is based on ideas suggested by the 800 people who joined Renaissance's member-driven website, which asked members to propose and vote on suggestions to revitalize the neighborhood. Voters said their favorite retail ideas include a bookshop, cafe and performance space; a Long Island Rail Road station retail cluster; a fresh fruit and vegetable stand; and a restaurant row.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve and enact an extension to the moratorium on issuing permits for wind turbines until December.

The extension gives town officials more time to figure out legislation that would regulate the alternative energy source. In October, photography giant Canon sought approval to build 11 turbines at its new North American headquarters in Melville.

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