Huntington Code Change Removes Hurdle For Restaurants

By Andrew Wroblewski

awroblewski@longislandergroup.com

Restaurants that are planned to be housed in office or industrial buildings in industrial districts, such as Jewel in Melville, above, are now able to apply for parking variances.

Restaurants that are planned to be housed in office or industrial buildings in industrial districts, such as Jewel in Melville, above, are now able to apply for parking variances.

The Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals can now grant parking variances to restaurants located within office or industrial buildings in industrial districts.

The change passed unanimously last week during the Huntington Town Board’s monthly meeting.

Previously, town code required restaurants, and other service businesses, like nail salons, that operate within office buildings in industrial districts to meet two separate parking requirements, one for restaurants and one for office buildings, based on square footage.

Huntington officials said that the code did not take into account that some restaurants are most active when offices have already closed for the day. The change was made in order for the ZBA to take that into consideration and potentially grant parking variances for restaurant or service business that are in this situation, which was not previously permitted.