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Huntington acquires parcel, farmhouse to double size of Gateway Park

Huntington Town Hall in an undated photo.

Huntington Town Hall in an undated photo. Credit: Alexi Knock

The Town of Huntington recently completed a land purchase that will expand its Gateway Park.

Town officials closed June 21 on the $270,000 purchase of 12 Academy Place, which includes a farmhouse, in Huntington Station.

Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said the 1-acre parcel nearly doubles the size of the park and is adjacent to the previously acquired parcels that have formed the 1.3 acres of Gateway Park.

“This is a key acquisition in assembling the necessary parcels to develop Gateway Park,” Petrone said in a statement. “I look forward to utilizing the state grant to make the necessary repairs to the farmhouse so we can begin considering the kinds of educational programs the Town could offer there.”

The town plans to renovate the circa-1900 farmhouse with a $370,000 state Heritage Areas Program grant and develop it as a center for educational programs, perhaps Huntington Station’s history. The house also could provide restrooms for the park, which currently is the site of a popular community vegetable garden. The park, at New York and Lowndes avenues, has been in the making since 2003. The park includes former state, county and town parcels as well as recently acquired private parcels.

Last year, the families that have owned the property for nearly a century contacted town officials about selling it to Huntington for less than they could receive from a developer. They said they hoped that their heritage and the heritage of the Huntington Station community would be preserved and celebrated on the site. The purchase price was paid from the Town Environmental Open Space and Park Improvement Fund.

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