Multi-Level Parking Garage Coming to Huntington Village?
No doubt the traffic and parking situation in Huntington Village has significantly worsened over the past few years. The town board recently formed a Huntington Village Parking Consortium Group. This group consists of five organizations which include The Town of Huntington Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Huntington Village BID, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, Town of Huntington and The Paramount. As part of the examination process this newly formed consortium has retained the services of a parking management planning firm of Nelson Nygaard Consulting Services. The parking study is expected to cost $39,530.00. Each of the consortium members will pay $7,906.00 towards the study thus totalling the $39,530.00 amount.
The Town claims that the study is required to meet the growing demand generated by it’s vibrant retail, dining, cultural and entertainment environment and to support future economic growth and strength. The Town also mentions, within the resolution, how this study is consistent with the Towns Horizons 2020 Comprehensive Plan as “a reexamination of structural solutions whose design and architectural elements can enhance visual appearance and utility and/or replace impervious and environmentally destructive expanses of asphalt with new green space should be considered”. However upon investigation, the Town only supplied half of the total quote within the resolution. The entire quote is as follows:
“Parking is abundant at many commercial centers and other destinations throughout the Town. In all areas, the impacts of parking on issues such as traffic circulation, visual character, and environmental quality need to be carefully evaluated. However, in Huntington Village and some of the other older commercial/main street business areas the parking supply is marginal or inadequate. A reexamination of structural solutions whose design and architectural elements can enhance visual appearance and utility and/or replace impervious and environmentally destructive expanses of asphalt with new green space should be considered.” If this was known in 2008, why not address the problem before bringing in a venue that would clearly add to the parking problem?
The study will look at the economic feasibility of constructing, maintaining and operating a proposed parking structure. With the current state of the parking situation in the village, a parking structure may be a more accepted solution than it would have if it was presented as a necessary part of the recent zoning changes. It makes you wonder if this was the plan all along. This is typical of how the current majority operates. They make poorly thought out decisions and then the tax payer is forced to accept solutions that they may have otherwise opposed. Apply that concept to the current Avalon Bay development and the obvious short falls with that zoning change and consider the fact that a multilevel parking garage in our once quaint village will be small potatoes as far as cost and quality of life concerns.