There have been discussions for quite awhile now regarding the potential transformation of the 110 year old Huntington Town Hall (at 227 Main Street) into a $24 million Hampton Inn & Suites hotel; and now, according to reports, those talks have gone one step further.
Huntington Village Hotel Partners, founded by George Tsunis and Rosario Cassata, have been taking steps to preserve and renovate the long-vacant Old Town Hall building by converting the space into a "boutique" 80 room hotel. They have been working in conjunction with the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, which recently approved a transaction towards moving this project, which is planned to result in the creation of approximately 100+ construction jobs and 14 permanent jobs for Long Islanders, forward (as reported by Long Island Business News).
Tax Breaks and Anticipated Opening Date
The current Old Town Hall building would be converted into the new hotel's lobby, breakfast room and gym; and a 53,636-square-foot addition will be used for the guest rooms. The developers have expressed the intention of purchasing the property adjacent and across the street of the Old Town Hall for parking.
According to TBR Newsmedia, "the project has secured 2.8 million in tax breaks from the Suffolk Industrial Development Agency. The tax breaks were awarded at a Feb. 13 Suffolk IDA meeting and include $1.8 million off property tax over a 15-year period."
“The hotel from downtown Huntington village is really walkable, and they’ll be able to take advantage of the local amenities,” Tony Catapano, executive director of the Suffolk County IDA said. “The old Town Hall building is the eastern entrance to downtown and I think retrofitting it into a hotel will make (the entrance) beautiful.”
IDA documents indicate that the hotel is anticipated to open in the second quarter of 2021.
Location of Old Huntington Town Hall on Google Maps
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Writing by: Eric Taubert