The Huntington Shopping Center, located south of the Walt Whitman Shops, is in the planning stages of a $40M+ renovation that aspires to include a new Whole Foods Market, additional tenants, new facades, outdoor seating, and increased walkability.
On Wednesday, the Town of Huntington Planning Board unanimously approved the proposed architectural plans for the Huntington Shopping Center redesign. They also appeared to recommend to the Building Department that Federal Realty be allowed to file for its building permit. The project still requires site plan approval.
Mark Brennan, the Vice President of Regional Development for Federal Realty Investment Trust (the Maryland-based real estate firm which owns Huntington Shopping Center) stated on Wednesday, "We are very excited about what's coming for Huntington and hope to be able to share the full story in the coming months. In the meantime, we are working with the town to move the plans forward."
The architectural renderings Federal Realty filed with the Town of Huntington showed a Whole Foods in the proposed redevelopment. A Whole Foods spokeswoman recently confirmed that they have a Huntington store in development -- but declined to provide further details.
At the Planning Board meeting, Christopher W. Robinson, President of R&M Engineering (a Huntington firm working on the project) stated the redesign will “represent a significant improvement along New York Avenue.”
View a Video of the Huntington Planning Board Meeting - Shopping Center Discussion Begins Around the 15:17 Mark
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