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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 07, 2014 at 12:24 PM
I think revitalizing HS is not a bad idea. But taking out commuter parking that is being used now by working residents for "experimental" business develop that might or might not pan out is very dumb. The parking situation needs to addressed right alongside the experimental stuff and not afterwards when the situation will become extremely heated and contentious.
etturner12 February 07, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Really? Another gob-smack for commuters, the step-children of Long Island. That's not what I elected any local government officials-to establish a future welfare hotel at the railroad station location. I wonder who has a relative that will be bidding on the work for this one? It's a completely idiotic idea and I'm totally against it. Why don't the town officials concern themselves with the problems we commuters are going to face when the LIRR strikes in about a month and we can't get to work?
VillageJenny February 07, 2014 at 02:21 PM
The most appropriate place in the area for a boutique hotel was at the corner of New York Avenue and Fairview Street, the site of the old Huntington Hotel. Instead, Petrone and his cohorts on the Town Board agreed to let TD Bank tear down that beautiful historic building and erect a drive-in bank. Just what the Village needed, another bank. The insanity continues.
BK13 February 07, 2014 at 06:57 PM
The ignorance and small mindedness in this thread is amazing. Do you think some developer is going to invest in something in a bad neighborhood where they are guaranteed to lose money? These people make money because they know what they are doing. I would presume the town has some sort of plan to further revitalize the area and this is step one. The LIRR parking sure needs to be addressed, wondering how it all fits in. If they can take Time Square and 42nd Street and basically all of midtown and turn them it into an amazing place I am sure it's possible to turn around that part of our town. I remember working in Hells Kitchen on 54th between 9th and 10th it was pretty scary. Now it's all multimillion dollar condos and The Hit Factory recording studio etc. Good businesses will drive out bad residents soon enough. Here's hoping it works and they can turn around the mistakes made in years past. I'm not saying this is guaranteed to work but there's a strong reason a multimillion dollar 'bet' is being placed by a developer, no?
Robert W. Rockelein February 08, 2014 at 09:56 AM
There is so much room for improvement here, that almost anything would help. Become part of the process, join the Greater Huntington Civic Group, and get the truth, not the fiction.
G February 08, 2014 at 10:49 AM
I think the truth is that Frank Petrone has it out for the commuters. Everyone remembers how he tried to raise parking fees from 50 to 600 dollars last year in order to raise revenues and keep within the 2pct property tax cap. This is just another way to raise revenue on the commuters backs. If they want a large hotel here, why not buy out the tennis club? Or the lumber yard? Because the developers want to pay below mkt and the town will help them do that. I hope the commuters fight back hard on this. If Frank wants to declare war on the commuters then a war he should get.
G February 08, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Let's not be naive here. The developers are willing to take a risk in HS because they expect a sweetheart deal to tilt the odds in their favor. No doubt the town will give them a nice price for the land and all sorts of tax abatements and PILOTS and such. And if they don't have money for parking maintenance now, they surely don't have money to create new parking. Mark my words, the parking solution will be private parking garages that charge 200 dollars a month and massive overcrowding at CSH station as overflow parking heads there.
John February 08, 2014 at 02:35 PM
Additional parking must come first. It is tight now and getting worse.
R. Smith February 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM
How ridiculous!!!! First, they take away the police precinct on New York Ave, then they want to take away valuable parking space at the train station, to build a hotel where guests can venture outside and witness shootings and drug dealing ! I guess they are trying to justify the dollars spent for the fancy brick sidewalks and statues in the area. I'm willing to bet that this new hotel is not going to contribute to the tax roles either, to help reduce our already outrageous property taxes in Huntington.
CAPICU February 13, 2014 at 01:13 PM
AvalonBay Communities Inc. (AVB) fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled as the apartment operator reported higher rental rates.http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20140129-714950.html Avalon needs to keep its investor’s content and Huntington station fits the bill.
Linda Otta February 14, 2014 at 08:49 AM
The truth comes out in the blogs. "If they can take Time Square and 42nd Street and basically all of midtown and turn them it into an amazing place I am sure it's possible to turn around that part of our town. " Bill, we are NOT Manhattan, but apparently that is the intention. We don't want to be Manhattan, if you like Manhattan, move there, but don't destroy the suburbs for the rest of us. This one is disturbing... " Good businesses will drive out bad residents soon enough. Here's hoping it works and they can turn around the mistakes made in years past." who exactly are the "bad residents" Bill? the ones who ring up your groceries? The ones who cant afford your lifestyle? Considering this.... "AvalonBay Communities Inc. (AVB) fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled as the apartment operator reported higher rental rates." this is gentrification from Huntington Residents born and raised here, they cant afford these rentals. Bill do us all a favor and move to Manhattan where others of your financial caliber frolic and play. Most of us normal folks are suffering financially and don't need people like you fanning the flame of classist bigotry.
BK13 February 14, 2014 at 03:45 PM
The truth comes out in the blogs? Hahahahaha. Frolic? Financial caliber? Manhattan? Fanning the flame of classist bigotry? My oh my you sure are dramatic. Are you pounding your fist in outrage as you type? You are, of course, incorrect on my intentions. My only point, as always, is to point out people like you and their knee-jerk reactions to everything. All they do is criticize all decisions (or proposals) made, yet they almost never offer up a workable or practical solution. Please tell me how you would revitalize the Station? Be specific. Educate me I need to know. In my opinion people like you just like to hate. I think the word is NIMBY as in "NOT IN MY BACKYARD!" I have no clue if this hotel is a good or bad thing I was just pointing out the fact that it has worked in other places and gave first hand examples. And I still fail to see, as long as the parking situation is addressed, how we would be against someone coming in and investing money that would improve an area? I'm not trying to be a jerk, educate me why this is so bad? You seem to be another one of the JL cronies just looking to pick apart someone you see as an enemy, when the truth is I am about as objective and reasonable as it gets. I just like to ask questions and listen to points and counterpoints. I honestly don't have a side, I just like to see objective conversation by reasonable people. We don't get a lot of that on here. I also like to point out the hysterical Pavlovian responses we all enjoy here on the Patch from the fan base. Fanning the flame of classist bigotry was a nice touch? Really? You obviously don't know me or what I stand for around here. So please, explain how I'm fanning the flame of racist bigotry? Driving out bad residents is an issue? What does that have to do with race? First of all I was referring to the NYC situation in Hells Kitchen with all the junkies and abandoned building squatters and high crime. But if I had to correlate it to Huntington I guess I would be referring to the gang issues plaguing the neighborhood. I guess we aren't supposed to talk about that? Am I a racist for thinking the gangs up and down NY Ave are NOT a good thing? What were your thoughts on Jack Abrams? I guess that makes me a racist not wanting gangs in the area. BTW, thanks for the classy personal attack, I'm so sorry you are having a miserable Valentines Day. Good day.
Big_E February 14, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Addressing the parking means they will replace it with spots farther away. They certainly won't be closer. If they wanted to put in a hotel without impacting parking, they could have placed it in the strip-lot across from the pawn shop. Those spaces are never used.
BK13 February 14, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Thanks Big E. That's the kind of info I was looking for.
VillageJenny February 14, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Yes, Big_E, a much better location for the proposed hotel so as not to take away parking spots close to the station. True, those parking spaces that you mention across from the pawn shop are never used. Nor is the sculpture park on that side of NY Avenue. I have driven by there 6-10 times a week since it was constructed and have yet to see anyone sitting or even standing there, even on warm, sunny days. What did that fiasco cost the taxpayers? Over half a million dollars? What a colossal waste of money. Another of Frank Petrone's brilliant ideas.
Six Pack February 15, 2014 at 08:50 AM
R.Smith. I totally agree with what you said including the outrageous taxes you pay. e job. I recently looked at my tax bill. Of the $9100 I pay in taxes $ 7800 goes to the schools and $1300 for everything else. $1300 for garbage pick up, street lights, road repair and cleanup, snow removal, library funding, town employee salaries, volunteer FD, ambulance service and the police. Not to bad. I paid just under $1600 for two cell phones last year. . I wish the schools will bill separately. I would take a guess that most people don't realize that it is the school taxes that are killing us. Not the property taxes.
Six Pack February 15, 2014 at 11:55 PM
Just passed that intersection. Two guys in a snow drift. Drinking Beers out of a bag. His buddy pissing in the middle of the street. NICE !!
G February 25, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Here is an eye-opening article on Renaissance Downtowns and their CEO Don Monti. It includes alleged death threats for the Mayor of Glen Cove when Monti didn't get his way and how others in the industry think the guy is a hype-filled salesman and not to be taken too seriously. http://waterburyobserver.blogspot.com/2010/02/full-monti.html?m=1
CAPICU February 25, 2014 at 11:43 AM
As stated by Ryan Bonner, The Town Board added the property to the overlay district and added the option of a special use permit for hotels……I guess it’s a done deal and the town can’t back out of it now. I believe the Renaissance Men and its investors will take the town to court if the town residents decide down the road to block the construction of a hotel in this location.
Linda Otta February 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Nope. It is a done deal for sure, at the expense of the tax payers. You are correct about the school taxes, who pays that when the children are increased in one school district while deceased in others and schools are being closed. The people representing Source the Station Renaissance are not being honest either. They are not from Huntington. Kind of like BK13's rant above, most of what they say and do doesn't make any sense.
G February 25, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Actually, I think the hotel still needs to be approved by the town. Ironically, they added a hotel designation to the whole Huntington Station overlay district, meaning that if the parking lot is not approved, they can still build the hotel elsewhere in HS. In Glen Cove, the Monti hotel also got an exemption that allows it to be used as a rental or condos if the hotel doesn't pan out. Trust me people, AvalonBay was only the beginning. They really want apartments down there, figuring that adding residents will improve the economics and oversight of the area.
BK13 February 25, 2014 at 09:03 PM
Hey look, Linda Otta with another BK13 leg hump. I think someone has some stalking issues...again...
CAPICU February 25, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Your ignorance and small mindedness in this thread is amazing!
BK13 February 25, 2014 at 11:31 PM
Good one, although you are a little late to the party.
G February 26, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Don Monti lives in Muttontown, I believe. His family also owns the Crest Hollow Country Club. Not exactly the kind of person to live in Huntington Station, LOL!
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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