By Jano Tantongco
A three-story, mixed-use building with private parking is readying to open its doors in Huntington village next spring, according to the building’s owner.
Gregory DeRosa, owner of the 226 New York Ave. property sandwiched between New York Avenue and Gibson Street, said the structure will be comprised of 14 apartments spread evenly across its second and third floors. There will be 12 two-bedroom apartments, averaging 1,000 square feet each, and two one-bedroom apartments, averaging 800 square feet each.
All in all, there will be about 17,000 square feet of residential space. DeRosa said the apartments will rent for market rate, and that he already has a list of potential tenants ready to move in.
“We’re very excited about it,” DeRosa said Monday. “We think that it's going to be a wonderful addition to the village… We’re excited to deliver.”
The first floor of the building was formerly home to Westbury Stove and Fireplace.
DeRosa said the company opted to move from the location, and that he is seeking new tenants for the 5,550 square-foot retail and/or office space.
DeRosa touted plans to construct private parking for the structure, which will be a “convenience,” he said.
“And it helps from a logistics point of view,” he added.
There will be 28 parking spaces provided for building, according to DeRosa. Construction is currently underway on the parking lot, which will be located across the street from the structure at 208 New York Ave.
A site plan for the structure was approved by the Town of Huntington Planning Board on Feb. 17, 2016. DeRosa went back and forth with the planning board several times to tweak the architecture of the building before getting the final go-ahead.
Angelo Vitteriti, manager of Jeff’s Surf and Turf, which is across the street from the structure at 217 New York Ave., said he noticed construction begin on the property.
Viterriti said he’s “glad to see that there’s something being done over there.”