By Jano Tantongco
A proposal to build a 23,500-square-foot three-story mixed-use building with 14 apartments in Huntington village will go before the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals next week.
The property, 30 Prospect St., was the site of an August 2014 fire, which authorities said originated in a storage container and spread to the attic of a building owned and occupied by insurance brokerage and risk management firm Waldorf Risk Solutions. Other portions of the building sustained smoke and water damage.
No injuries were reported, but Suffolk police have been investigating the fire as an arson case. On Wednesday, police said the case is still under investigation.
A plan to demolish the existing fire-damaged one-story building to make way for a three-story development has since been proposed by applicant Stephen Waldorf, according to a legal notice.
The first floor makes room for 7,500 square feet of commercial space while the second and third floors are both 8,000 square feet, according to plans filed with the town.
A public hearing notice states that 10 one-bedroom apartments and 4 two-bedroom apartments will be split evenly among the second and third floors. The one-bedroom apartments range from 772-990 square feet, and the two-bedroom apartments are either 1,072 or 1,174 square feet, plans show.
Waldorf requires an off-street parking variance for a deficiency of 33 spaces. Plans show that 22 parking spots would be supplied on site, but town code requires 55 spots. He is scheduled to appear before the ZBA during a public hearing at the board’s 6 p.m. meeting on May 26 at Huntington Town Hall.