Gateway Plaza in Huntington Station will be bathed in festive lights through Labor Day.
“Summer Lights” at Gateway Plaza, which is located at New York Avenue and Olive Street, features string lights hung between light posts to offer a more festive atmosphere.
It was the idea of Second Precinct officers from the Suffolk County Police Department, with support from town officials.
The precinct’s community relations officers applied for a $500 grant for the lights from Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns, the master developer for Huntington Station.
Source the Station — the community outreach arm of Renaissance Downtowns — awarded the money to the precinct, which then used the money to get the lights from Port Washington-based Innovative Technology.
“This will bring people to the plaza, we’ll be able to hold community events or small gatherings where people can talk, hang out, listen to music; it’s good for businesses in the area,” said Officer Claudia Delgado, who applied for the grant. “And it looks pretty.”
At the kickoff event earlier this month, residents ate cotton candy, hot popcorn and soft drinks and interacted with police in an informal setting. “The intent is for the lights to bring people together at this great pedestrian plaza as a prelude to the future development that is planned to take place just behind it,” said Ryan Porter, president of Renaissance Downtowns.
Renaissance is steering efforts to revitalize the hamlet with proposed projects including a hotel, a mixed-use building at 1000 New York Ave., and artist lofts and gallery space along New York Avenue. A three-floor mixed use structure on the northeast corner of Northridge Street and New York Avenue already is under construction.
Town board members Gene Cook and Tracey Edwards, who attended the kickoff, said lighting the plaza is another positive step in changing public perceptions about Huntington Station.
“Every little thing helps,” Cook said. “It will get people out there and it’s a start to making Huntington Station a destination.”
Edwards said the lights offer a “wonderful” addition to the area.
“Anything we can do to have an enhancement of our streets and anything we can do to partner with the police and the community is all good,” Edwards said.