Newsday - 6/16/17 -

The first building by Renaissance Downtowns in Huntington Station was the site of a celebration in honor of the hamlet’s revitalization yesterday.

The Plainview-based developers held a “steel beam signing” ceremony at its Northridge project.

The building is on the northeast corner of Northridge Street and New York Avenue. The three-floor structure will consist of commercial-use space on the ground level, eight apartments on the second floor and eight apartments on the third floor.

The signed, steel piece will be installed over the threshold of the entrance to the commercial part of the building.

“Over the years I never gave up that it was possible to revitalize Huntington Station,” town Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “This is the beginning of the commercial redevelopment and I look forward to the town over the next several years finishing the projects and making this an economic center.”

The Northridge project is part of a multiphase effort by Renaissance to revitalize the hamlet. Other proposed projects include a hotel, a mixed-use building at 1000 New York Ave., and artist lofts and gallery space along New York Avenue.

“You’re going to see more development around the station where development should occur,” said Don Monti, CEO of Renaissance Downtowns. “We’re very happy to be a part of this and we’re very optimistic that we will see more development.”

The tenants for the apartments are expected to move in sometime this fall, construction officials said. May’s Gourmet Deli is the first commercial tenant and is expected to open its second Huntington location in the Northridge building in the late fall.