HUNTINGTON STATION - Huntington town officials voted last night to allow the controversial Avalon Bay housing project to move forward.

Town board members voted 4-1 to approve the $100 million project that will create 379 new apartments.

Dozens of residents turned out for the board meeting to let their voices be heard. Many said they thought the development project will bring in new businesses and prove to be an economic boon.

Opponents said the project will increase traffic in an already congested area, slowing response time by local emergency workers.

Avalon Bay will now have to go before the Suffolk County Planning Commission again to get site plan approval. If it gets the OK, the project will be the first apartment complex built in the area in a decade.

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