HUNTINGTON, New York, Mar. 19
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
A proposed 10,000 square-foot medical office on the former property of Platt’s Tavern in Huntington has local preservationists concerned.
A rendering prepared by DeGiaimo Group architecture and planning portrays a North Shore LIJ/GoHealth Urgent Care center and accompanying parking lot filling the property, which is currently home to a former gas station and the Park Ave Deli at the southeast corner of East Main Street and Park Avenue.
Dominick Mavellia, owner of the former gas station, has entered a verbal agreement with Stuart Fischer, owner of the Park Ave. Deli, to eventually buy the building from Fischer once approval for the project has been granted, Fischer said on Wednesday.
A vote to set a public hearing to consider a zone change for the property – which would change from a residential R-15 to a commercial C-4 under the plan – was planned to be voted upon during a March 10 town board meeting. However, town spokesman A.J. Carter said on Wednesday, the item was pulled from the agenda because the applicant had not yet met with all of the town board members before the vote.
“The board wanted more information about the proposal before scheduling a hearing,” Carter said.
Mavellia did not return calls before press time on Wednesday.
Under current plans, the proposed one-story medical office would have a 10,000 square-foot footprint and reach 50 feet at its highest point. There are currently 49 parking spaces in the proposed lot.
A spokeswoman for North Shore LIJ, which is in partnership with Access Clinical Partners to open 50 GoHealth Urgent Care centers throughout the metropolitan area over the next three years, did not return a request for comment on Wednesday.
The 1.06-acre property where the medical office could potentially stand once housed Platt’s Tavern, a building with historic significance to Huntington. A part of what is known as the Woodhull Corner, Platt’s Tavern is said to have welcomed President George Washington to dinner on April 23, 1790 as a part of the president’s tour of Long Island.
The area surrounding Woodhull Corner has become Huntington Village Green, which has produced a “watchdog” in the non-profit Old Huntington Green organization, which for 80 years has attempted to “preserve and protect the area that surrounds the original 1653 settlement of Huntington,” Paul Warburgh, president of the organization, said.
“When the plans go before a public hearing we intend make our own proposal as to what we’d like to see developed on the property,” Warburgh said.
The goal of the Old Huntington Green, Toby Kissam said, is not to deny development but to have an appropriate structure be built on the property.
Similarly, both Warburgh and Kissam pointed out, the Laffey Fine Homes Huntington office – found on the northern corner of East Main Street and Park Avenue – was built years ago to reflect the historic nature of the land.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015; Front page)