February 15th - 21st, 2020
The Gitto Group
As a full service real estate development company, The Gitto Group focuses on multifamily, office and retail properties. The company’s senior and principal management have a combined development experience of more than fifty years in the NY metropolitan area and beyond. Our founding member is a multifamily and commercial developer who has developed, leased and managed more than one hundred and twenty supermarkets and several million square feet of multifamily and commercial real estate.
Their company’s integrated team offers a large range of services in an excellent package that promotes profitability, but also economic efficiency for investors, partners and owners.
“This formerly vacant commercial space has been literally transformed by G2D Development Group and is officially open for business! This transit-oriented development offers what both millennials and empty-nesters desire – a new, mixed-use home near public transportation. I thank G2D Group for investing in downtown Hicksville, and our community at-large. This is only the beginning of amazing things to come for downtown Hicksville!” - Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino
“We were drawn to Hicksville because of the potential we thought it could become, a phenomenal opportunity for redevelopment... The area’s overall density and the property’s proximity to the train station was key.” - Greg DeRosa, G2D Group
“What a great day in downtown Hicksville to see the first mixed use building that is part of planned revitalization around the train station area. Hicksville Chamber members and civic association leaders have been working collaboratively for a decade to build consensus around well designed redevelopment that meets the needs of local residents and the downtown area. Kudos to the Town of Oyster Bay and the developer for their leadership in moving this great project forward” - Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander
Ribbon Cutting for First Hicksville Mixed Use Project
Vision was out today with members of the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee, Town of Oyster Bay officials, Nassau County Legislators and the G2D Group for the ribbon cutting of Hicksville’s first mixed use project. 35 Broadway is 6,000 square feet of shared office space on the first floor and 18 studio, one and two bedroom apartments on the second, third and fourth floor.
Folks said repeatedly that nothing would ever happen in Hicksville’s downtown and while it took a decade of collaboration between the Hicksville Chamber, Community Council, local civics and most recently the Town of Oyster Bay, redevelopment projects by the train station area are moving forward.
“We were drawn to Hicksville because of the potential we thought it could become, a phenomenal opportunity for redevelopment... The area’s overall density and the property’s proximity to the train station was key,” said Greg DeRosa, G2D Group.
“What a great day in downtown Hicksville to see the first mixed use building that is part of planned revitalization around the train station area. Hicksville Chamber members and civic association leaders have been working collaboratively for a decade to build consensus around well designed redevelopment that meets the needs of local residents and the downtown area. Kudos to the Town of Oyster Bay and the developer for their leadership in moving this great project forward,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander
Congratulations to Greg and Alison DeRosa from G2D Group for a wonderful looking building with amenities for the office space and residential units including a great rooftop.
Thank you to the leadership of the Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino and members of the Town Board in attendance including Councilpersons Vicki Walsh, Laura Maier, Michelle Johnson, Clerk Rich Lamarca and Receiver of Taxes Jeff Pravato. Town staff including James McCaffrey, Leslie Macarrone and Colin Nash were instrumental in moving these plans forward as well.
Thank you also to Nassau County Legislators Rose Walker and Laura Schaefer for their ongoing support of revitalization efforts. Their IDA, DPW and Community Development Office have also aided the revitalization process.
Lastly a warm, thankful message to members of the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee who planned and advocated for changes for many years always keeping the character and quality of life of their community in the forefront. Some who joined today included: former Hicksville Chamber President Lionel Chitty, Charlie Montana, Beth Dalton, Hicksville Community Council President Harry Single, Hicksville School Board President Phil Heckler, Northwest Civic Association’s Joel Berse and Cheryl Brown, Hicksville Gardens Civic’s Irene Guaraci and Susan Petrosillo, South Asian Chamber’s Harry Malhotra and Vision’s Elissa Kyle.
Community driven revitalization is the key to progress particularly when an area is not an incorporated Village. Stay tuned for further efforts bringing back downtown Hicksville.
Hotel in Downtown Huntington Moves Forward
The proposed hotel in downtown Huntington is moving forward after years of delay. This 80 room facility at the old Town Hall provides a balance to the multiple restaurants, arts, cultural and entertainment uses in the Village.
Riverhead Completes Survey for Revitalization Pattern Book
Downtown Riverhead is undergoing some updated planning around their many years long effort to revitalize their Main Street area. In addition to the promotional work being done by the Business Improvement District a new Pattern Book is being planned with input from local residents and business owners. Pattern books are a tool, like design guidelines or form based codes, to enhance placemaking and community character in an area by encouraging design that fits within the neighborhood.
The Town of Riverhead is driving the process and recently completed the first survey of the downtown showed support for some of the very creative events they have, concerns about public safety and a perception of a parking problem. The riverfront was seen as downtown Riverhead’s biggest asset, while vacancies were seen as its biggest weakness. A great deal of work has been done over the last decade with new residential development, restaurants, hotels, theatre, grants for public space, infrastructure investment and many events. A pattern book will help to enhance and guide development into the future and complement the previous work that has been already completed. Congratulations to Riverhead officials for initiating this process and thank you to all of the community members that have participated in the process.
For more information: here
Suffolk County Downtown Grants Available
Suffolk County has rolled out its downtown revitalization grants program again this year. It is good to see local community leaders take part in the committee that determines the funding allocations so there is public input into the process. The county will host an applicant training session at the H. Lee Dennison Building Media Room on February 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and grant applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on May 22, 2020.
Check out the story in the LI Times.....
2020 Long Island Go Red For Women Luncheon to be held on February 27th
In 2004, Go Red For Women was born as a campaign to raise awareness among women about their great health threat – heart disease. Slowly, the campaign grew into a movement – one that not only brought together thousands of women annually but became the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to eradicate heart disease and stroke all over the world. Go Red For Women provides a platform for women and their families to lead healthier lives, and drive collective action for community transformation.
It’s not just about wearing red; it’s not just about sharing heart health facts. It’s about: Providing women with opportunities to prioritize and take charge of their own health; Building communities that support and provide access to healthy choices; Demanding equal access to healthcare for all women and their families; Increasing women in STEM in upcoming generations.
This year’s event will take place at the Crest Hollow Country Club on February 27th. You can purchase tickets and find more information online here.
Long Island Smart Growth Awards Nominations due February 28th
Vision Long Island is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Long Island Smart Growth Awards!
For almost two decades, Vision Long Island has been
honoring the individuals and organizations that display
Award recipients stand out in their ability to demonstrate one or more of the following: Mix land uses; Take advantage of compact building design; Create housing choices for a range of household types, family sizes and incomes; Strengthen existing communities and achieve more balanced regional development; Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in development decisions; Create walkable neighborhoods; Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place; Preserve open space, farmland, historic buildings and critical environmental areas; Provide a variety of transportation choices; Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost effective; Utilize clean energy and green building development.
If you would like to nominate someone or something who fills those criteria, please download and return a nomination form that you can find here.
LICH to hold Annual Vigil for the Homeless on March 17th
On March 17th, 2020, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless will hold its Candlelight Vigil for the Homeless from 12 PM to 8 pm at Farmingdale State College. Each year, LICH collects and distributes new winter coats, new/unused baby items, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and toiletries to Long Island's homeless and at-risk families. Last year, over 2,000 Long Islanders participated in this event. The participation of every person who cares will make a difference. Let us show that Long Islanders want to eradicate homelessness and hunger that exist in our affluent society.
The Vigil brings together members of the community, folks who wish to raise awareness, and homeless/at risk Long Islanders and agencies who serve them. In addition to information for persons in need, they will have FREE financial literacy sessions, haircuts, face painting, story time, and other services available. In addition, participants will enjoy the music from guest musicians, as well as presentations from local officials.
Long Island Complete Streets Summit to be Held on April 1st
The Annual Complete Streets Summit will be held this coming April 1st at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale. The event will take place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
This year’s theme will be Health Benefits of Complete Streets and will include discussions on active transportation, incorporating physical activity into regular daily tasks, and more.
Early registration is open and can be completed here. More information will be coming in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
Huntington Chamber Honors Dr. Gail Lamberta
The 95th Gala of the Huntington Township Chamber is coming soon. This year, they are honoring three incredible individuals for their professional and community work.
8th Grader Challenges Lawmakers on Accessibility
An 8th grader out of Nashville, Tennessee challenged local lawmakers to experience a day in a wheelchair. The young champion for handicap accessibilty felt that local officials would gain a better understanding of the challenges disabled individuals go through to gain access to simple things like transporation and other resoures.
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