April 10th - 16th, 2016
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“After over 45 years, a developer is willing to invest in new storefronts where they once stood before urban renewal tore down most of what once was “downtown” Huntington Station. Gateway Plaza, and Northridge will add 33 studio and 51 one bedroom apartments to the area. The idea is to attract younger people to stay in Huntington Station, instead of moving to Brooklyn.
Over 200 People Came to See the Draft Revitalization Plan for Downtown Kings Park
This past Saturday, over 200 people came to see the draft revitalization plan for downtown Kings Park. Over the past seven months, Vision’s design team has worked with the Kings Park Civic Association and the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce to develop a revitalization plan based on input from the public meeting last October, as well as numerous civic and chamber meetings over the past several months. The design team, which included Dean Gowen of Wendel engineers, Vision board members Glen Cherveny of GRCH Architecture and David Berg of DB Consulting, and Vision Planning Director Elissa Kyle, looked at both long term and much shorter term strategies for revitalization.
While any new development in Kings Park, including new restaurants or housing would require sewers, there are many things that can be done in the shorter term to begin the revitalization process. Pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements, modifications to municipal parking lots, façade changes and reconfiguration of public park spaces can be done prior to the installation of a sewer line and can make significant improvements to the downtown. Even more immediately, downtown events and improvements to maintenance can begin to improve the appearance of downtown and encourage residents to visit and spend time there. There was support for most of the proposals in the plan, especially sewering the downtown which had almost unanimous support of those at the presentation.
There were different ideas on how to best improve pedestrian safety, and concern about a lack of parking at the western end of downtown, and a desire to bury the overhead utilities. Moving forward Vision will incorporate the comments and suggestions from the meeting as well as others that the civic and chamber may receive, into the plan to develop it into a document that the residents, businesses, property owners and town government can use as a guide to further revitalization.
Huntington Station Revitalization Underway
Last Thursday, Vision Long Island joined Huntington Station residents in support of the Northridge mixed use development that was considered before the Town of Huntington ZBA.
The relatively modest proposal includes 6,200 sq ft of retail with 16 apartments. This project and the nearby the Gateway Plaza proposal which includes 66 apartments and 16,000 sq ft of retail are the first steps in bringing back a downtown that was lost due to misguided urban renewal policies from decades ago. Good to see the community out with over 2-1 support from Station residents including Huntington Matters.
Concerns that were raised included a desire to see the entirety of the plans for future development of the area, balancing the needs of parking for residents, shoppers and commuters and the dangerous roadway design from NYS Route 110. All speakers agreed that some form of traffic calming is needed on a wide four lane roadway to improve safety, enhance walkability and help bring back the town center that once was a focal point of the community.
After two years of local planning by Renaissance Downtowns and local input through Source the Station it is great to see progress.
In addition, the 7th Annual Huntington Station Spring Cleanup was held this weekend. Residents of all ages came together as they picked up litter and debris, and swept away the remnants of winter from sidewalks. The cleanup was sponsored by Huntington Matters, Friends of Huntington Station Latin Quarter, Huntington Station Business Improvement District, Huntington Station Happy Helpers, and 7-11.
Village of Lindenhurst Moves Forward to Create More Parking in Downtown
The Village of Lindenhurst’s board has started to finalize the purchase of a parcel of land that will help alleviate traffic congestion on Wellwood Avenue.
Blighted Middle Island Site Razed for Development
After 10 years of sitting empty and known as a blight to the community, the former K-mart in Middle Island was torn down last week by the owner of the property. “It’s sad when you’re excited about something being demolished,” Gail Lynch-Bailey, President of the Middle Island Civic Association said. “But we’re excited about something being demolished.”
NYC's Vision Zero Presented at Complete Streets Summit
The Keynote address at this year’s Complete Street’s Summit was delivered by Ryan Russo, Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, Planning and Management for NY City’s Department of Transportation. Russo highlighted many of the successes of the 2 year program, with hopes that some of the best practices could be implemented as Long Island moves ahead with Complete Streets programs, saying that “we can design fatalities out of the system”.
Mastic Beach Village Comprehensive Plan Public Workshop - Postponed Until Further Notice
The public meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-4pm at William Paca Jr. High School, 338 Blanco Drive Mastic Beach has been postponed until further notice.
Car-less LI's First Annual Bike-to-Work Fashion Parade
Car-Less Long Island invites all to join for the First Annual Bike-to-Work Fashion Parade, in celebration of National Bike-to-Work Month.
NYMTC Seeks Input on LI's on Future Transportation Funding
New York Metropolitan Transportation Council will be three Long Island community workshops for the public to share their ideas and comments on Plan 2045, which will guide the future use of federal transportation funding for the region.
Those that join the meeting will be able to share ideas to shape the plan, view and comment on proposed projects, proposals and studies, review the proposed regional goals and desired outcomes, and learn more about the vision of the Council.
You can learn more about the plan by clicking here
LI Business Council’s next meeting, Thursday, May 19th Featuring Bill Millet on Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Education
On Thursday, May 19th, from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale. The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards Long Island’s downtowns.
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Hosts Grand Opening Celebration
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is pleased to announce their Grand Opening Celebration at their new facility in Amityville. Attendees can tour the newly renovated Community Resource Center and garden while learning about the different programs and services that are offered by organizations in the building. You can visit Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ website by clicking here.
TIGER Grant Application Period Now Open
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program.
Intern with Vision Long Island!
Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.
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7th Annual Long Island Youth Summit A Success
Over 300 high school students participated tackling topics of concern to them including: substance abuse, bullying, mental health, solid waste, renewable energy, climate change, economic development/jobs, housing and leadership. The Summit offers students a unique opportunity to represent their high school and the youth of Long Island.
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