Update Avalon Bay & Huntington Country Farms

Filed under: Around Town,Environment,Huntington Station,OPINION |

Dear Editor,

I’d like to provide an update to my Letter to the Editor with respect to Avalon Bay appearing in the current “Huntingtonian”.  In the letter, I invited town board members to my home for breakfast.  I received responses from Supervisor Petrone, Councilwoman Berland and Councilman Gene Cook shortly after my letter to the editor was submitted for publication in The Huntingtonian.

Supervisor Petrone, Councilwoman Berland, Councilman Cook and Councilman Cuthbertson and several of their staff members joined me for a 7:15 a.m. breakfast at my home on Wednesday 10/3. My neighbors on Hayloft Court and I presented a program containing details about how our quality of life has been negatively impacted by the “remediation” work currently taking place on the Avalon Bay site together with videos and photos of that activity. I explained how we have a really, really big 16 acre problem. Everyone was very receptive and fully understood what has been happening all summer and continues to happen Monday through Friday.

I believe they were surprised by the level of noise created at the site while in my home and on my patio and by the 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. work schedule violations. Janet Rinker at Public Safety has been especially responsive visiting the site on several occasions. She advised us that the company delivering and picking up heavy equipment at 11:45 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. has been removed from the site.

At the conclusion of our breakfast get-together, Supervisor Petrone told us he will arrange a meeting between representatives of Huntington Country Farms and Avalon Bay so we can discuss reducing the construction impact on our community. I requested that the berm and trees on the site’s side of 5th Street exhibited in Avalon Bay’s original artists’ rendering shown to my fellow residents two years ago be built prior to the residential construction. I also requested Avalon Bay construct a fence along the Huntington Country Farm side of 5th Street. Both of these processes, I believe, will reduce the dirt and noise created by the intended construction. We on Hayloft Court fully understand that this is a construction site with its inherent disturbances, however, we wish Avalon Bay to show themselves as good neighbors from the get go.

I will keep The Huntingtonian informed on developments.

 Thank you.

Jean Marra

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