Huntington Station, NY – The Town of Huntington has taken title to the
abandoned automobile repair shop at 1000 New York Avenue and has begun the
measures necessary before demolishing the structure, the latest step toward
redeveloping the site with a mixed-use building that is a key element of the
Town's Huntington Station redevelopment plans.
The closing occurred Oct. 15, after the owner, Dish Realty, agreed not to
contest the Town's decision to acquire the property through eminent
"The Town is moving to eliminate this long-standing community eyesore as
quickly as possible and replace it with a structure that will be a source of
community pride," Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said. "Huntington Station's
revitalization continues, step by step, and this is an important facet of our
Last week, an outside appraiser retained by the Town visited the site to
conduct an appraisal of fixtures in the building. The Town this week began
assessing what remediation measures are necessary and will apply for a
demolition permit. The Town projects that demolition will occur toward the end
of next month. The Town will be seeking a developer for the property; it expects
to issue a request for proposals for a developer early next year.
"The community has told us they want this building
down, and we are in the process of doing that. We want something they can
be proud of in its place, and we are working hard to make that a reality as soon
as possible," Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said.
NY grant is the second the Town has received. The Town also received a $1.56
million grant to acquire three lots on nearby Columbia Street and build 16
affordable housing units as part of the "Take Back the Blocks" program that is
another element of the Town's Huntington Station redevelopment plans.
Dilapidated houses on the three acquired lots were demolished earlier this
projects exemplify the Town's commitment to Huntington Station's continued
revitalization, providing economic development and much-needed affordable
housing," Councilwoman Susan Berland said. "We are making progress on many
different fronts and look forward to working with the community as this process
of 1000 New York Avenue will remove a symbol of Huntington Station blight, and
the concept of mixed use is also a definite benefit to this location,"
Councilwoman Glenda Jackson said. "We look forward to admiring the replacement
building from the public plaza the Town is building in front as part of our
projects are part of the broader Huntington Station redevelopment initiative
that the Town's Economic Development Corp, has been working on for several
years. The revitalization has also included redevelopment of the Big H Shopping
Center, construction of the Highview at Huntington affordable housing project
and plans to reclaim brownfields sites.