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Housing plan clears hurdle in Huntington Station

Frank Petrone, a Democrat, is supervisor of the

Frank Petrone, a Democrat, is supervisor of the Town of Huntington. (July 7, 2009) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

A veterans preference housing development is one step closer to construction in Huntington Station.

The Huntington Town Board in a 5-0 vote Tuesday approved a zoning change for a 1-acre plot of land on the west side of Lowndes Avenue, between Railroad and Columbia streets, from residence district to office residence district. The change makes way for the Columbia Terrace Project, 14 units of affordable, owner-occupied town-house style homes for veterans.

“Now that the zoning is in place, we will move forward and start looking for a developer,” Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said after the vote at the monthly town board meeting. “The project should begin sometime in late spring.”

The development will consist of seven one-bedroom and seven two-bedroom owner-occupied, low-cost units for military veterans.

Construction is being partly funded by a $1.4 million grant from the Restore New York Communities Initiative, part of New York State’s Empire State Development. The rest of the construction funding has not been finalized.

Renaissance Downtowns, the master developer for Huntington Station redevelopment, will be working with the town in selecting a developer for the Columbia Terrace project. Jeffrey A. Hartman PC, of East Northport, was approved for design and engineering services at the Nov. 7 town board meeting.

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