Proposed Huntington Station Hotel Gets Needed Rezoning

Town Board pushes project forward with rezoning approval Tuesday.

Renaissance Downtowns is exploring the possibility of building a hotel at the corner of New York Avenue and Railroad Street. Photo Credit: Renaissance Downtowns
Renaissance Downtowns is exploring the possibility of building a hotel at the corner of New York Avenue and Railroad Street. Photo Credit: Renaissance Downtowns
The Huntington Town Board approved the rezoning of a Huntington Station property Tuesday that could eventually pave the way for a new boutique hotel to be built. 

The Town Board added the property, currently a municipal parking lot located at the corner of New York Avenue and Railroad Street, to the Huntington Station overlay district and added the option of a special use permit for hotels in the overlay district, with the provision that the Town Board would have to approve the permit.

Renaissance Downtowns, the Town’s master developer for Huntington Station, has said that one of the more popular community suggestions about potential projects was a boutique hotel for the site. 

The Town Board Tuesday also approved the allocation of $2 million from the Town’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund as part of the construction cost of the Columbia Terrace housing project. A one-acre lot, on the corner of Lowndes Avenue and Columbia Street, will hold 14 condos designated for sale to veterans at affordable prices.

The remainder of the Columbia Terrace construction funding is expected to come from a $1.5 million state grant. Proceeds from the sale of the units will be used to replenish the Trust Fund.

The Town Board also approved an amendment to the agreement between the Town and Renaissance Downtowns requiring finalization of a Community Benefits Agreement before the site plan will be approved for any Renaissance project. Previously, the completion of a Community Benefits Agreement before construction was considered a goal and not a requirement.

“Individually, any one of these measures would be significant,"  Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said in a statement. "Taken together, they add even more excitement to Huntington Station’s revitalization, which has seen several major advances in the past year." 

How do you feel about a boutique hotel being build in Huntington Station? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 
G February 26, 2014 at 09:32 AM
This is an interesting blog that shows how developers are literally falling over themselves in an effort to build large apartment complexes near transit areas as part of all these "revitalization" efforts. It takes about 1 year to build an apartment building. So I would expect populations in these areas to skyrocket in the next 5 years, putting pretty hefty strains on schools, trains, and parking in the near future. http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1649693&page=2
G February 26, 2014 at 09:41 AM
I feel sorry for all the trees these developers are going to cut down in an effort to turn Suffolk County into Queens.
Linda Otta February 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM
G~ you mentioned Don Monti but what about the other 3 who are actually running the show in Huntington Station. Where does Ryan Porter, Brandon Palanker and Sean McLean live? They are the ones running Source the Station. Don Monti is just the figure head of the umbrella Renaissance. Sure they filled the office with one local girl of each color (white, black and Hispanic) just to be politically correct but where do the puppet masters live?
G February 26, 2014 at 11:58 AM
I know that Ryan Porter is a former Wall St. guy, so he lives somewhere very nice as well, I suppose. Sean McLean has a connection to Flanders on the South Fork, which is not a ritzy area. Brandon Palanker is a Glen Cove guy, I think.
Linda Otta February 26, 2014 at 08:01 PM
nice has nothing to do with it. Do you crap where you eat does.


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