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Huntington parking lot to get environmental improvements, more spaces

Downtown Huntington's Gerard Street parking lot is about to get a face-lift.

The Huntington Town board recently approved appropriating as much as $300,000 from the Environmental Open Space and Park Fund to re-landscape the area to improve drainage.

"The lot needs improvement," town Supervisor Frank Petrone said. "It's been slated for that for years and it's very appropriate as we are dealing with the parking concerns in the village."

He said the project will include resurfacing and re-striping of the lot to create more parking spaces, and be paid for by $500,000 in bonding.

The Gerard Street parking lot will be the town's first municipal parking area to use bioretention swales, a landscaping system. Petrone said the project is to start this summer and will be undertaken in phases so that only portions of the lot will be closed at a time.

The board also approved entering into a contract to allow patrons to use a mobile payment app when parking any place in downtown Huntington that has metered parking, including the muni-meters to be installed in the next few weeks.

The agreement is with Atlanta-based Parkmobile USA Inc. There will be no cost to the town but the company will charge patrons a fee for use of the service that can be accessed on Android, BlackBerry or iPhone smartphones.

Huntington residents who sign up for the "Parkmobile wallet," which allows loading an amount into an account, will pay 25 cents per transaction and 30 cents if using the pay-as-you-go option. Nonresidents will pay 30 cents per transaction if they have the "wallet" and 35 cents for pay-as-you-go.

Users of the app will be able to use it where ever Parkmobile is located. It is currently available in Patchogue Village.

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