HUNTINGTON VILLAGE, New York, April 30
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Although the sun has begun shining down ever so brightly in Huntington village this week, it hasn’t stopped the “ice” from building up.
The former location of the Losquadro Ice House on Stewart Avenue is now a construction site as a three-story, mixed use building is being erected by developer Peter Pastorelli who expects the project to be completed by the end of 2015.
“Everything was slow-moving during the winter,” Pastorelli, also managing partner of Value Drugs in Huntington, said. “But now we’re moving along and we’re hoping to have the apartments available to rent by the beginning of next year.”
The second and third floors of the building at 50 Stewart Ave. are planned to contain 26 two-bedroom apartments while the first floor is planned for retail use.
“We’re trying to establish an upscale living style in this part of the village… These are going to be luxury apartments,” said Pastorelli, who is developing the building with Macx Corp construction management and architect Martin Passante.
The springtime “ice” also has the attention of those in nearby businesses.
An employee of String It Up, a lacrosse stringing specialist found right across the street from the construction site, agreed with Pastorelli’s sentiment.
“[The building] should help to bring some more prosperity to this area,” the employee, who identified himself simply as Chris, said.
Who will ultimately become the business neighbors of shops and stores in that area has yet to be determined, Pastorelli said, as he has not yet pursued business for any of the four planned retail spaces.
Pastorelli has, however, promised that the building is being developed to be friendly to the environment.
“We’re installing solar panels on the roof,” he said. “We’re in this for the long term. We want to be an asset to the community.”
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, April 30, 2015; Front page)