Town of Huntington, NY - News Details

4/11/2018 - Huntington Town Board Reschedules Villadom Hearings to May 17 at Elwood Middle School

At its April 10 meeting, the Huntington Town Board changed the date and moved the public hearings on Villadom to Elwood Middle School, designated the Teich House as an Historic Landmark, approved measures to revitalize Huntington Station, among other Town business.


Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci sponsored a resolution to move the public hearings on Villadom to Elwood Middle School, making it easier for residents neighboring the proposed development to attend. This change was made to accommodate the high interest in the Villadom public hearings, fulfilling Supervisor Lupinacci’s promise to bring some town board meetings out of Town Hall to locations within the community. The Town Board voted to move the May 15 Town Board Meeting to May 17 at 7:00 PM at Elwood Middle School, a larger venue in the heart of the Elwood community, located at 478 Elwood Road in Elwood.


“From the start, one of the goals of my administration has been to provide an open-door type of government that listens to our residents when making decisions that have a tangible impact on their lives. The Villadom hearings have generated a lot of interest and feedback from both sides and in an effort to provide a convenient venue for residents who stand to be impacted the most by the proposed project, we are bringing the Town Board Meeting on the road to the Elwood community,” said Supervisor Lupinacci.


In a move to return real property to the tax rolls and to further economic development in Huntington Station, the Town Board approved a transfer of property from the Town to Renaissance Downtowns for redevelopment, allowing the Huntington Station revitalization project to move forward, pursuant to a 2012 Master Development Agreement made between the Town and the developer.


The Board also approved a measure urging Governor Cuomo to designate qualifying census tracts in Huntington Station as an Opportunity Zone, as established in President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which encourages long-term investments in low-income communities with tax benefits for private investors.


The Town Board designated the Teich House as an Historic Landmark. The Max and Rosie Teich Homestead, named after the family that lived in the house, raised their family there and ran a dairy on the site. Dr. Samuel Teich, Max and Rosie’s son, was a legendary community physician who delivered tens of thousands of babies and cared for thousands of patients over a half-century of practicing medicine in Huntington Station from 1935 to 1985.


The Town Board extended the review time to consider the special use permit application submitted by Kids Plus for the property at 145 Cuba Hill Road, Greenlawn, by 90 days to July 14, 2018. The Kids Plus application was the first submitted under the Town’s new congregate care regulations, which requires privately-owned special needs housing to fit the character of the single-family home neighborhoods in which they plan to be developed. Plans were recently submitted by the developer showing a smaller building and smaller retaining walls after neighbors raised concerns about the size of the project.


The Town also authorized an agreement between the Town and Crest Cottage LLC to resolve an issue of minor encroachments onto Town property known as “Mill Pond.” Crest Cottage LLC is the owner of the property at 445 E. Main Street, Centerport, which borders Mill Pond, and their landscaped patio area encroaches upon the Town’s Mill Pond property. The new 25-year license agreement requires Crest Cottage LLC to pay the Town an annual license fee of $4,300, as determined by Brunswick Appraisal Corp., increasing 2% each year during the license term.


In other action, the Town Board:


·         Partnered with Huntington Hospital to train Town employees, including summer seasonal employees, to perform CPR and on how to use AED devices.

·         Authorized Supervisor to apply for and receive grant funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Port Security Grant Program for the purchase of a first responder boat to replace a 22-year-old boat nearing the end of its useful life.

·         Appointed Assistant Town Attorney Brooke Lupinacci (who has no relation to Supervisor Lupinacci) as Title VI Civil Rights Coordinator and Federal Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator.

·         Approved a zone change for a property owned by Klis Brothers Realty, LLC, located on the south side of Jericho Tpke., approximately 2,598 feet west of Larkfield Road, currently zoned C-6 General Business District and R-10 Residence District to C-6 General Business District, requiring the property owner to maintain a fifty (50) foot buffer at the rear of the property to effectively eliminate any potential environmental impact.

·         Scheduled public hearings for May 1 at 2:00 PM to consider:

o   Authorizing actions against blighted properties.

o   Executing an agreement with the Village of Northport to furnish Fire Protection Services for the Town of Huntington Fire Protection District No. 1.

o   Granting a special use permit and execution of a license agreement for the construction of a residential fixed pier and floating dock assembly at 23 Bluff Point Road, Northport.

·         Scheduled a public hearing for June 19 at 7:00 PM to consider a zone change from R-40 Residence District to R-3M Garden Apartment Special District for the property located on the west side of Republic Road, north of Smith Street, Melville, known as Melville Crossing.