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Huntington Station development poses no significant environmental impact, study finds

Three projects in Huntington Station's redevelopment plan pose no significant environmental impact, a draft state review has found.

The plan, by Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns, proposes a hotel and office building, a mixed-use building at 1000 New York Ave., and artist lofts and gallery space along New York Avenue.

The study, presented this past Tuesday, concluded some minor traffic mitigation will be needed, such as signal timing.

The study of the Huntington Station Gateway Plan is now under review by the New York State Department of Transportation, the town, the Long Island Rail Road and other agencies.

"We're very excited we've made some great strides in our efforts to revitalize Huntington Station in our partnership with the town and the community," said Ryan Porter, Renaissance Downtowns' vice president of planning and development.

"The formal plan we are presenting today is the initial phase of the Huntington Station revitalization. It's a big first step in the overall revitalization, but it is only a first step, and there will be many more to come," he said.

Porter said once the plan is adopted, projects can move to site plan approvals, getting financing and tenants for the proposed buildings.

The goal is to break ground in nine to 12 months.

He said it's too early to discuss tax abatements for any companies that might use the facilities.

"We haven't applied for anything," Porter said. "Ultimately, you're not going to know exact numbers until you get to the table with a tenant."

Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said it's been a "long, long road" to get to discussing the gateway plan, and he is pleased with it because it encompasses public and official input.

"Once the plan is adopted, that's when you start filling in the puzzle," Petrone said. "And that means projects and shovels in the ground."

The plan is expected to be adopted at next month's town board meeting on June 9 at 7 p.m.

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