The first meeting of the Local Planning Committee for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in Huntington Station is scheduled for Monday morning where it will outline goals of the program.
Huntington was one of three Long Island communities awarded the funds by the state in January, winning $10 million. The initiative involves the area just south of the Long Island Rail Road station to 11th Street, Supervisor Ed Smyth said in January.
The working session of the committee will meet at the Station Branch of Huntington Public Library at 1335 New York Ave., from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Meetings are open to the public, and will be open for questions the last 10 minutes of the session.
The goal is to transform selected neighborhoods into “vibrant centers that offer a high quality of life and are magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation, and economic and housing diversity,” the state said.
For more information on the state program, see https://www.ny.gov/programs/downtown-revitalization-initiative
The town has posted information at www.huntingtonstationdri.com
The members of the LPC are:
- Supervisor Edmund Smyth, Town of Huntington
- Dave Kapell, Long Island Regional Economic Development Council
- Peggy Boyd, Family Service League
- Chuck Brady, Huntington Manor Fire Department
- Chief William Connolly, Huntington CFAS
- Frank Cosentino, Huntington Station BID
- Grant Havasy, Blue & Gold Holdings
- Jose-Rodrigo Hernandez, Huntington Public Library
- Jim Kaden, TOH Economic Development Council
- Daniel Lloyd, Minority Milennials, Inc. and Long Island Regional Economic Development Council
- Nick Loscalzo, N&J Tech
- Martine McDonald, TRI Community and Youth Agency
- Pilar Moya Mancera, Housing Help
- Dr. John Murphy, South Huntington Union FSD
- Pastor Danny Rivera, Assembly of God
- Joel Salas, El Sueno Mexican Grill
- Vita Scaturro, Huntington Chamber of Commerce
- Werner Scott, Scott Automotive
- Ronald Wilson, Huntington UFSD
Each community chosen for the program creates a committee representing a variety of parties, such as educational institutions, local developers, businesses. nonprofit organizations and others with a stake in that community.
Funds awarded through DRI can be used for projects that have the potential to increase economic vitality and growth in the downtown,” the town said, which has posted an FAQ about the initiative.