Dear Huntington Town Council:
The Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce (the “Chamber”) wishes by this letter to express its support for Avalon Bay’s proposed Huntington Station project, and to compliment Supervisor Petrone and the entire Town Board for your vision and leadership in working to realize economic revitalization in Huntington Station.
Our Chamber’s mission is to promote business, economic development, and job creation through the coordinated efforts of our membership. As such, the Chamber seeks to represent the interests of business, industry, financial services, not-for-profit, and other professionals within the greater Huntington area, and to assess the impact of various initiatives on local business, employment, and the economy.
A major challenge facing the Town of Huntington, and Long Island in general, is the retention of our young adult residents, and a major obstacle to that is the shortage of economic housing opportunities. In addition, the high cost of housing has made it difficult for our empty nesters to continue their residence within Huntington. Avalon Bay has presented its proposed Huntington Station project to us, and we believe that it provides a solution to these obstacles with its combination of market rate and affordable rental units and townhomes to be made available by Avalon Bay in Huntington Station.
The Chamber is also very aware of the positive impact this type of economic development project will have on our local economy. Avalon Bay at Huntington Station will bring over $80 million in investment into our Town and specifically Huntington Station. Further, Avalon Bay has demonstrated its commitment to local small businesses through its preferred vendor program. This project development, along with the relocation of new residents with significant disposable incomes into Huntington Station, will provide a tremendous and immediate increase in dollars spent in Huntington Station with the construction and a significant long-term infusion of dollars for spending in its business district and retail community with these new residents.
We have witnessed Avalon Bay’s success in (and the positive benefits it helps provide for) other communities across Long Island, including with its Avalon Court in Melville. Avalon Bay has served as a boost to these local economies; in Glen Cove, the location of an Avalon Bay community helped to increase economic activity in its downtown by nearly 20 percent. Avalon Bay also offers its reputation as a high quality developer that maintains its properties and the quality of its developments. Avalon Bay has shown here its willingness to work with our community by reducing the number of proposed units to lessen the impact caused by increased children matriculating into the Huntington Union Free School District.
As such, the Chamber supports Avalon Bay’s proposed project, and we urge the Town Board to approve Avalon Bay’s application for a zone change and to work diligently with Avalon Bay to make possible the proposed Avalon Bay in Huntington Station community.
HUNTINGTON TOWNSHIP CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Name: Robert Bontempi
Title: Chairman of the Board