My organization, the Huntington Township Housing Coalition, has been criticized for calling for more rental housing in Huntington because there is allegedly a concentration of rentals in Huntington Station ["Say-no mantra is holding us back," Opinion, Jan. 12].

I'm a 30-year-old mechanical engineer still living with my parents. I grew up in Huntington and recently got engaged. I would welcome affordable rental apartments anywhere in town. I have watched members of my high school graduating class flee for places with more rentals at affordable rates.

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The proposed 117 units of affordable rental apartments at Ruland Knolls in Melville are within a bicycle ride of my job.

For this and other reasons, I urge the Huntington Town Board to settle the lawsuit filed by supporters of the Ruland Road proposal so that Ruland Knolls can be built and Huntington can have much-needed rental apartments outside of Huntington Station.

Harry R. Burger, Huntington Station

Editor's note: The writer is a member of the board of directors of the Huntington Township Housing Coalition, an advocacy group.