More Scrutiny For Proposed ‘Y’ Expansion

HUNTINGTON VILLAGE, New York, November 13

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

A little over a year ago, the Huntington YMCA moved forward with plans to construct a new building and expand the parking area of its 60 Main St. location. But, as it turns out, the intended 28,381-square-foot health center, 147 additional parking spaces and potential 9,976-square-foot office building will have to be put on hold a little longer.

Following an agency change on Oct. 1, the plans became subject to ruling by the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). During the Oct. 30 ZBA meeting, YMCA officials came before the town with their construction proposal. After a presentation by John Breslin – the attorney representing, and board member of, the Huntington YMCA – the ZBA members declared the construction plans a Type I action under the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) State Environment Quality Review (SEQR) regulations.

Now considered a project more likely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment, the project must be further considered. YMCA officials must now work with the Huntington Planning Board to conduct further studies on environmental impact and fill out additional paperwork prior to coming before the ZBA on a later date.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, November 13, 2014; A12)

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