Huntington Station Revitalization: Planning Committee Sets 1st Meeting

HUNTINGTON STATION, NY — The first Huntington Station Local Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday.

The committee will be introduced to $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) funding that Huntington Station was awarded by the state in January. The committee will discuss their vision, goals and potential projects for the grant.

The meeting is slated for 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Huntington Station Library, at 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. All meetings are open to the public, and the last 10 minutes of each will be open to public comment.

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Each community that earned a DRI grant was tasked with creating a committee of representatives from local businesses, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, social and public service organizations, educational institutions, property owners, local developers, and other stakeholders.

“The DRI Grant of $10 million into the Huntington Station redevelopment zone is critical to jumpstart the economic turnaround of Huntington Station in conjunction with that sewer line,” Huntington Supervisor Ed Smyth told Patch.

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The town plans to break ground on a sewer line project in Huntington Station around spring 2024, Smyth said.

“I think the revitalization grant, in conjunction with the sewer line that is in the works, is going to be a generational game changer for Huntington Station,” Smyth said. “It’s hard to overstate the impact of the sewer line.”

The subsurface sewer line would bring economic development and private capital investment into Huntington Station, Smyth said. Once the sewer line is installed, buildings in the town can be expanded and modernized, he said.

“Right now, developers aren’t going into Huntington Station and doing any kind of development, because very simply, it’s not worth it,” Smyth said. “They can’t scale it up, because between the railroad tracks and Jericho Turnpike and 110, there is no sewer line. Everything is on a cesspool. It is very difficult to put in any kind of large scale commercial property development on a cesspool.”

He noted the commercial activity near Walt Whitman Mall and New York Avenue north of the train station, as well as in Huntington Village and Halesite, is because of sewer infrastructure.

“It’s not the sexiest topic to talk about, but it’s why a sewer line is everything.”

The Town of Huntington, Suffolk County and New York state are each paying a third of the sewer line, Smyth said.

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Dates of future Huntington Station Local Planning Committee meetings have not yet been announced.

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