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Suffolk County - The Huntington Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rhobar Inc. & Rhona Silver Enterprises – Hotel LLC (#2005-ZM-358) may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the applicants proposing a zone change to R-3M Garden Apartment District to allow the construction of 189 multi-family housing units. This would involve the demolition of the Huntington Townhouse catering hall and two existing residential homes. The entire development is comprised of 17.56 acres, with 2.65 acres on the west side of Ackerly Court and 14.91 acres on the east side of Ackerly Court. Currently 12.46 acres of the property are occupied by the commercial use and the remainder is occupied by the two residential homes. The property has steep slopes, in some areas exceeding 25%. This may reduce the development yield of the property under the Town’s Steep Slopes Conservation Law. The final yield determination will be made by the Planning Board during site plan review. Since the density of residential development permitted in the R-3M zone exceeds the density requirements for septic systems established by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, the applicants will seek a connection to the Southwest Sewer District through the private line that runs to the Walt Whitman Mall.

In order to retain the flexibility to redesign the project to minimize environmental impacts, this rezoning is being reviewed as a segmented action under SEQRA. This review is primarily meant to address the concept of rezoning these properties to R-3M. However, the current proposed design will also be reviewed in order to provide guidance for future design decisions. Some elements that are likely to be addressed in the future site plan review include placing buildings, roads, and parking lots in areas where impacts to the slopes and vegetation will be minimized, providing sufficient parking for all units within easy walking distance, securing sufficient buffers for neighboring residences, repairing or replacing old retaining walls, and ensuring that drainage is properly handled on site. The project is located on the south side of Jericho Turnpike (NYS 25), on the east and west sides of Ackerly Court (Iceland Drive), South Huntington.

Contact: Craig Turner, or Charles Mangano, Town of Huntington Department of Planning and Environment, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743, phone: (631) 351-3196, e-mail: cturner@town.huntington.ny.us.