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Huntington seeks zoning change

The Huntington Town Board has set April 12 for a public hearing on a proposed zoning change that would allow construction of 16 units of affordable housing on the southwest corner of Lowndes Avenue and Columbia Street in Huntington Station.

The zoning change would be from general industrial to residential. The hearing will be held during the 7 p.m. Town Board meeting at Town Hall, 100 Main St.

The housing would be built under the town’s Take Back the Blocks program, which aims to convert absentee-landlord dwellings into owner-occupied residences.

The Columbia Street project is the third and largest since the program began six years ago.

At a March 23 meeting, the town’s planning board voted to “strongly support” the rezoning that would allow the project. Planning board recommendations are sought by the town board in an advisory capacity.

The plan calls for eight 2,000-square-foot duplex houses, each containing a garage and a legal accessory apartment. If the zoning change is approved, construction is expected to begin in late summer, and owners would be chosen in a lottery in the fall.

The home buyers and renters would need to meet income requirements. Priority will be given to residents of the Huntington school district.

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