HUNTINGTON, New York, October 16
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
For the second time in four years, the Huntington YMCA is looking to expand its 60 Main St. property, this time with a new building and bigger parking lot.
Going before the Huntington Planning Board on Oct. 1, the application details plans for a new two-story building with 38,357 square feet. It would serve as a healthy living center with office space.
Of the total space, 28,381 square feet would be used for the heath center – which, as of November 2013, would be built where the current outdoor basketball courts are and house a recreational gym, indoor running track and studios for wellness and prevention programs – while the remaining 9,976 square feet would be dedicated to offices.
At the planning board’s latest meeting, its staff recommended that the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) take lead agency status since the plans call for relief from two town code regulations. The first deals with minimum parking spaces required while the second reads that “in no case shall there be more [than] one main building on one [parking] lot.”
The planning board agreed to allow agency change, but Chair Paul Mandelik cautioned the ZBA to “be careful about too much of an over intensification of [the] property, [as] parking does overflow currently at some times during the year, especially in the summer during camp season.”
Along with the additional building, the YMCA also plans to expand its parking lot by 147 spaces. Robert Riekert, the planning department’s deputy director, suggested a shuttle service be implemented during construction so that that employees and patrons may park off site at that time.
A 7,500 square-foot wellness center, housing a 13-room childcare wing and additional parking, was added to the YMCA and completed in 2010.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, October 16, 2014; A11)