In September 2010, the Huntington Town Board narrowly rejected AvalonBay’s proposal for a 490 unit, high-density, transit-oriented development (TOD). Because the TOD was a new and novel concept for Huntington, it evoked a great deal of controversy and discussion among Town’s residents. But even after the Town Board voted against the proposal, officials and members of the community urged AvalonBay not to abandon Huntington Station. We didn’t.
In February 2011, the Town officially invited AvalonBay to resubmit a proposal for the development of this important neighborhood. On March 8, 2011, AvalonBay made its formal submission to the Town.
The new proposal is entirely in compliance with the Town’s R-3M zoning code, which makes it responsive to many of the community’s legitimate concerns about the previous TOD development. The revised proposal is for a 379 apartment community, with a mix of rentals and for-sale units. The project will provide a significant amount of workforce housing (54 apartments), and 80% of the units will be rentals. The new project’s considerably reduced density is identical to those of Avalon Court and Court North in Melville.
The new proposal promises several significant returns for Huntington, including the creation of needed housing, economic revitalization, and job creation. Its estimated net impact on the school district costs will be at worst neutral and at best moderately beneficial. And a revived community will certainly help to stabilize the neighborhood, add tax ratables and reduce crime.
AvalonBay currently owns and operates Avalon Court in Melville, arguably the most successful luxury rental home community in the Town of Huntington.
We have been a positive member of the Long Island landscape for more than 15 years. With developments in Long Beach, Glen Cove, Melville, Coram, Smithtown, and Rockville Centre, which is scheduled to open this year, AvalonBay residents have established themselves as valued members of these communities whose positive economic impact has been a strong benefit to the local and regional areas. Our residents will be recent college graduates, young professionals, young couples, established professionals and empty nesters. Based upon actual statistics from AvalonBay properties on Long Island, we know:
AvalonBay manages all of its developments and has proven to be an asset to the communities in which their residences are located. Our involvement in the community includes support for Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, North Shore Hospital, Red Cross and American Cancer Society.
We locate our communities within easy reach of employment hubs, public transit, roadway networks, transportation and shopping and entertainment. We design our floor plans to provide maximum comfort and spaciousness. Our resort-style services, amenities and professional staff help to make living at an Avalon community unlike anyplace else, and for our residents it all adds up to Time Well Spent®.