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Huntington Station housing development focus of hearing

A public hearing on a proposed affordable housing development set for Huntington Station this week attracted dozens of speakers, many in favor of the proposal.

The hearing, held during the monthly town board meeting Tuesday night, was on a proposed zoning change to designate a 26.6-acre site as the Huntington Station Transit Oriented District.

The land is located about a half mile from the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station, on the north side of East Fifth Street, bordering Manor Park on the west and the LIRR tracks on the north.

The district would offer housing opportunities near mass transit to people at varying income, ages and stage of life to decrease their dependence on cars.

"Speakers were overwhelmingly in support of the project," Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said Wednesday. "But people who had concerns aired them and we listened."

Patrick Geier, a 25-year Huntington Station resident, said many of the people who came out in support of the development are part of organized groups that advocate for affordable housing.

"I have a feeling this was more show then actual collecting opinion," Geier said Wednesday.

Petrone said the board, town planning department and the developer will continue to work on the development's site plans to address some of the issues raised at the meeting, including concerns about traffic and density.

If the rezoning is approved it will allow developer Avalon Bay Communities to build 530 units, 25 percent of them income restricted, split between rental units and for-sale units, according to town officials.

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