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Huntington razes shop, seeks development

More than two dozen developers expressed interest in

More than two dozen developers expressed interest in the site of an abandoned auto repair shop, at 1000 New York Ave., that was demolished in Huntington Station. (March 11, 2011) Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone and the Town Council were on New York Avenue in Huntington Station on Friday morning, witnessing a step in the town's revitalization effort.

Last year the town purchased an abandoned automobile repair shop at 1000 New York Ave. through condemnation. Friday it was demolished, opening the land for redevelopment.

“Today's action puts us on the fast track to redeveloping this parcel," Petrone said.

The abandoned property has been the subject of aesthetic complaints for at least a decade, according to a news release. The town is using a $1.17-million grant from the Restore New York Communities Initiative to cover the demolition and redevelopment.

Town officials are seeking a private developer for the land, offering a reimbursement of construction costs up to $1.07 million if the developer builds a 10,800-square-foot mixed-use building. The chosen developer can buy the land for $535,000 -- the price the town paid through eminent domain.

The town's request for proposal states, "The ideal redevelopment should include neighborhood friendly and/or convenience retail uses that attract patronage of the businesses and enjoyment of adjacent pedestrian plaza."

The deadline for submitting bids is May 25. Interested parties can call the town's Community Development office at 631-351-2881 or the supervisor's office at 631-351-3030 for more information.

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