Avalon Bay: A 379-unit high-density housing complex south of the Huntington Rail Road Station. Greater Huntington Civic Group filed a lawsuit to stop this project. At a density of 14.5 units per acre, this project will exceed the housing density typical of the area, including all other multi-family housing. This property was originally zoned for 109 single-family homes. The lawsuit also alleged that the Town Board approved rezoning for Avalon Bay before a required environmental impact review was completed. GHCG recently dropped this lawsuit, but they stopped the Town Board from approving a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), originally proposed for the property, thus reducing the number of housing units from over 500 to 379. Avalon Bay is approved and construction will begin shortly.
Matinecock Court: Developer Housing Help, Inc. is building 155 “affordable housing” units on the corner of Elwood and Pulaski Roads. Half of the units will be rentals. The community questions the need for new housing when the current Long Island housing market offers thousands of available homes at low prices. Studies indicate the construction on this site will release toxins, like arsenic, from the surface soil into the air. This project will require the construction of a new sewage treatment plant right near the well and aquifer that feeds the current public water supply. HHI will be using government grants to help fund this project.
Renaissance Downtowns: In June 2013, the Huntington Town Board unanimously approved the Huntington Station Development Strategy proposed by developer Renaissance Downtowns. This comprehensive plan lays the foundation for revitalizing Huntington Station along the New York Avenue corridor, from 11th Street to High Street. The plan will result in a number of mixed use projects, including “pedestrian-friendly cultural, entertainment, and retail” centers that will create an urban-style downtown setting for the area around the LIRR station. You can view the developer’s strategy and add your own comments at: http://sourcethestation.com/about-the-project/
Deshon Development Venture: 261 units of affordable senior housing, a park and a Hindu temple slated to be built in Melville. The Huntington Town board approved a transfer of development rights from the Meyers farm property at Round Swamp Road and Old Country Road to an 18-acre parcel on Deshon Drive. They also approved a zoning change from light industry to garden apartment. Five acres of this property were sold to Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam-Northeast, who will use the TDR to build a Hindu temple.