By Connor Beach
Two planned housing developments calling for a total of 18 new apartments along Creek Road in Huntington are moving forward at town hall.
Most recently, the Huntington Town Board voted Tuesday to schedule a public hearing for a proposed zone change at 20 Creek Road; the hearing is slated for March 20, 7 p.m.
The resolution scheduling the public hearing was sponsored by Councilman Eugene Cook, seconded by Supervisor Chad Lupinacci and approved, 4-1, with Councilman Mark Cuthbertson the lone dissenter.
“I just felt that I didn’t have enough information,” Cuthbertson said after the meeting.
Applicant Peter Ambrosio needs the board to approve the R-5 Residence District to R-3M Garden Apartment Special District zone change in order to move forward his plans to build across his .31-acre property a two-story, wood frame structure with four, two-bedroom apartments.
Ryan Brown, Ambrosio’s Huntington-based attorney, said the plan calls for an existing residential structure to be demolished.
The plot is flanked to the east by a 19-unit housing development, and to the west by four parcels eyed for an additional, 14-unit development.
“The two properties on the outside have already been re-zoned, and [Ambrosio] is looking to do the same thing that those exterior parcels have done, but on the interior parcel,” Brown said.
Back in July 2017, the town board approved a zone change for the four properties west of 20 Creek Road.
The change paved the way for the Creekside of the Harbor Phase II, a 14-unit complex planned to be built around 300 feet west of the first phase.
The second phase calls for a mix of two- and three-bedroom units across four parcels, which are currently occupied by residential structures.
Uniondale-based attorney William Bonesso, who is representing the applicant, said Wednesday that the plan has advanced to the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals.
The board, which is slated to meet Feb. 15, 6 p.m., is considering approval of setback variances for both the proposed buildings and parking lot, and a variance for a deficiency of one loading spot.
“Assuming we go through the zoning board and get approvals, then the application will be ready to go to the planning board for site plan approval,” Bonesso said. “The community seems to be happy with Creekside Phase I, and this is just an extension of that.”