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Parking on agenda at Huntington town board meeting

A view of Main Street in Huntington looking

A view of Main Street in Huntington looking west from Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building at Nassau Road. (Feb. 7, 2012) Credit: Carl Corry

Parking is expected to be one of the issues driving Tuesday's Huntington town board meeting.

The board is likely to vote on two resolutions based on recommendations of the Huntington Village Consortium Group, which commissioned a study of parking in downtown Huntington. The study, completed last summer, recommends changes such as a $1-per-hour multimeter fee for spots on Main Street and New York Avenue, and coin meter fees on side streets at 50 cents an hour.

"The committee has been working hard on establishing a good set of criteria, and this is the culmination of their work," Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said.

The consortium includes representatives from the town, its Economic Development Corp., the Huntington Village Business Improvement District, the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, and The Paramount theater.

Their recommendations also could trigger increases on coin meters at the East Northport train station lot. Based on the recommendations, hours of enforcement of the fees would be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Sunday and holidays would be free; free metered parking for hybrid vehicles would be eliminated; and free metered parking for handicapped vehicles would be in accordance with updates in New York State vehicle and traffic law.

Petrone said the committee is set to look at a long-term fix to the lack of parking in the downtown area. "There is a subcommittee that is in the early stages of working on the feasibility of a parking structure in the village area," he said.

Concern about parking in Huntington Station is cropping up as plans to revitalize the hamlet progress.

Last week, fliers were placed on cars at the Long Island Rail Road stop in Huntington Station, urging residents to attend Tuesday's town board meeting and another in April.

The flier said there are concerns the revitalization of the hamlet and a hotel proposed for a commuter lot at New York Avenue and Railroad Street will negatively impact parking.

Huntington town spokesman A.J. Carter said the town is working on a response, to point out the flier's "inaccuracies" and reassure commuters that plans for that property "accommodate the parking that is currently utilized and/or make allowances for its replacement."

Members of the Community First Aid Squad, which spokeswoman Andrea Golinsky said had nothing to do with the anonymous fliers, have expressed concern about access, because they have long had the town's blessing to use the municipal lot for overflow parking. Their headquarters are on Railroad Street behind the municipal lot.

"We've told Frank [Petrone] we'll need between 125 to 150 parking spaces if the hotel is built," Golinsky said. "And we'd want them close by, not further down" New York Avenue, she said.

She said the squad does not oppose the hotel, it just wants "safe and secure parking" for those who use the building.

A public hearing about proposed changes to the town's parking laws is set for the 2 p.m. meeting.

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