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Letter: Huntington moving on apartments

Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone speaks on May

Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone speaks on May 22, 2013 in Huntington Station. Credit: Daniel Brennan

The article “Why LI rents stay high” [Business, May 26] fails to accurately reflect the portrayal of Huntington in the Rauch Foundation’s Long Island Index report about apartments on Long Island.

As the report notes, Huntington has acted quickly on proposals in which the developer worked with the town and listened to community input, including Avalon Bay Huntington.

The report was written before Huntington Station master developer Renaissance Downtowns, in a matter of months, received its necessary variances for two mixed-use buildings that include a total of 79 rental units. Renaissance and the town’s plans are aligned with the Rauch Foundation’s call for reclaiming surface parking lots for housing.

Creating affordable housing has been a priority of my administration. Those two projects — combined with the Club at Melville beginning to be occupied, lottery applications for the Highland Green affordable condominiums being accepted, and a spate of market-rate rentals under construction in Huntington village — demonstrate that Huntington is rising to the challenge of adjusting to the lifestyle preferences of empty nesters and millennials.

Frank P. Petrone, Huntington

Editor’s note: The writer is Huntington Town supervisor.