Town Okays Parking Lot Deal With New Hotel Operators

Huntington Hotel Village Partners has won approval for the weekend use of 20 spaces in the Town Hall parking lot.

The owners, who plan to turn the Old Town Hall at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Main Street into a boutique hotel, will pay $25,000 the first year and $26,500 the second to use the spaces from 5:30 p.m. Fridays through 2 a.m. Mondays. The agreement allows for a parking service or valet parking.

It is has not yet been determined whether the spots will be marked for hotel use. The agreement will not take effect until the hotel has a certificate of occupancy.

The Paramount has a license agreement to use the Town Hall lot on show nights, plus the small lot at the top of Elm Street and LIRR lot. They pay $16,000/year. Spots are not marked.

The Town Board voted 4-1 last week to approve the deal; Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recused himself.

Originally the hotel was scheduled for 55 rooms but an expansion to 80 rooms was recently approved.

The Old Town Hall site sits in a Historic Building Overlay District, an area where historic commercial property owners have more flexibility with property use beyond basic zoning laws.

That allows owners to preserve historical sites while converting them into new businesses.


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