May 4th - 10th, 2019
Mill Creek Residential
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“We are excited about this project for many reasons. This can bring us into 21st century. We can have retail opportunities, restaurants. Any development comes with pros and cons but we hope hiring local Inwood and Lawrence residents in the construction. We have some fine people in all walks of life who can use the work.” - David Hance, President Inwood Civic Association, speaking on the newly passed zoning for Inwood and Lawrence
“This is a transformative project that could be a model for other areas in the Town of Hempstead and the rest of Long Island. Credit to Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman, for making a plan that works for developers and the residents in the area.” - John Cameron, Cameron Engineering Principal, speaking on the newly passed zoning for Inwood and Lawrence
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Hempstead Creates New TOD Zoning for Inwood and Lawrence
Vision Board and staff were out this week at the Town of Hempstead board meeting in support of a TOD rezoning in the communities of Lawrence and Inwood.
In a unanimous vote, three distinct zoning districts were established. The zones will allow for dense transit-oriented-development by the train station where current industrial use exists, while also creating a mixed use district and a residential townhouse zone closer to the single family homes.
The goal of the new districts will be to provide a mix of housing and commercial use surrounding the two train stations. It will also encourage the redevelopment of some of the local light industrial developments in line with the newly created zoning. It is hoped that the area can use smart growth principals to grow and sustain a vibrant local hamlet with easy access to the LIRR stations.
Cameron Engineering from Woodbury served as planners an engineers for the new zoning districts, which they said were the help to incentivize private investment and preserve the character of the community. “This is a transformative project that could be a model for other areas in the Town of Hempstead and the rest of Long Island,” said Cameron Engineering Principal John Cameron. "Credit to Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman, for making a plan that works for developers and the residents in the area.”
Over a dozen community and business leaders spoke in support of the proposed new zoning with one who had questions. Vision testified in support as well and was happy to see the formal support of the local civic.
“We are excited about this project for many reasons,” said David Hance, President Inwood Civic Association. “This can bring us into 21st century. We can have retail opportunities, restaurants. Any development comes with pros and cons but we hope hiring local Inwood and Lawrence residents in the construction. We have some fine people in all walks of life who can use the work.”
Congratulations to Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman for pulling the community together for multiple meetings and to Cameron Engineering for shaping and drafting the plan with local input.
You can read more here.
Expansion Proposed for Suffolk Theater
Bob Castaldi, the owner of Riverhead’s Suffolk Theater, has proposed a five-story expansion for his downtown landmark theater.
The proposed expansion would take place in the rear of the building and serve to create a larger backstage and green room. This will allow the Theater to become more of a performing arts center and book a wider variety of acts as some simply will not perform without a green room. Additionally, the expansion will allow for 31 new apartments, 17 studio and 11 one-bedroom units. These apartments will allow for a revenue stream to help with eh finances of the Theater.
Mr. Castaldi noted that the Theater is only open two days a week, which creates issues as a building in need of a steady stream of income. He had originally purchased the Theater after the Town found itself unable to restore the circa 1933 Theater. Castaldi, who specializes in historic restoration, was able to restore the classic venue and re-open it, but now he’s looking to expand.
The proposal has been met with mixed reactions from the local residents. While there is support for bolstering the viability of the Suffolk Theater, there is a sense that the design does not fully encompass the local community. Many residents and business owners have called for second look at the design for that reason.
There is also concern over parking in the busy downtown. The building is located in the town’s public parking district where owners pay a separate tax for parking and is therefore not required to provide its own. The building will also require site plan approval ad well as a special permit since it exceeds the maximum building lot coverage of 80%.
While Vision supports the expansion of this important downtown anchor, it is also important that any such construction take into consideration the local character and needs of the community. We hope something can move forward that will be amenable to all downtown occupants and help keep this important landmark viable.
You can read more here.
Mixed Use Apartments Proposed near Huntington LIRR Station
Huntington-based developer Grant Havasy has submitted a proposal for a new mixed-use building just north of the Huntington LIRR Station.
Located along Route 110, the new development will feature a 12,481 square-foot building that will include commercial space on the first floor and 14 apartments on the second and third. The proposal also includes a “mezzanine area” for 12 parking spaces in addition to the 14 that will be created along with the project.
The plan is set to go before the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals, where it will require numerous variances. This will include the proposed indoor parking as well as the fact that the second and third floor are a bigger footprint than the retail on the bottom. This is possible due to the fact that the property slopes sharply from the rear to the front.
Mr. Havasy, the developer behind the proposal, is a managing partner of Blue and Gold Holdings, which recently completed construction on the Northridge building just across the street from the proposal. The Northridge building is part of the Source the Station project currently going on. He is also the owner of a small apartment building immediately next door to the site of the proposed project.
You can read more here.
Newsday Rolls out Long Island Plan Based on Millennial Views
Vision Board and staff were out this week to hear as Newsday rolled out their plan for Long Island, based on the views and attitudes of the 18-34 millennial population.
The report covered a variety of topics, including taxes, cost of living, housing costs, diversity, views on police, among other areas. A number of the issues covered are ones that many local downtowns are also grappling with as they try to move forward with new projects aimed at growing or retaining local populations.
Not all millennials have left yet, however, as the 18-34 group is the largest population group in our two counties. Two thirds of the group are paying attention to government and public affairs, according to the report, and they support housing policies as well as recreational marijuana. Newsday also found that 62% see a bright future for Long Island and that 55% feel they live in a diverse neighborhood.
In addition to the report, Newsday has created a digital town square to create “Facilitated conversations on the future of Long Island.” Their past forums will be modified with rules to balance viewpoints and come to consensus.
Newsday is hoping to encourage young people to engage in the civic community and envisions “Flash mobs of millennials coming to zoning meetings.”
The report is available on Newsday.com and will be sent to their 200,000 subscribers.
Hempstead Receives $215,000 Grant to Study Affordable Housing Solutions
New York State and the Town of Hempstead have announced a $215,000 grant for Hempstead to study and address Long Island’s affordable housing shortage.
The aim of the study will be to try and find solutions on how Hempstead can help to keep people in their homes as opposed to empty, so-called ‘zombie homes.’ Hempstead currently has over 500 zombie homes within its jurisdictions as well as approximately 1,500 more homes in foreclosure.
Part of the problem is the high cost of housing on Long Island, which averages around 40% higher than most other portions of the state. Such a high demand on housing costs can cause families to struggle with mortgage payments with even the smallest disruption in income and lead to more foreclosed homes. This is exacerbated by the fact that Town still ahs not fully recovered from the housing market collapse a decade ago.
“We need to shed light on the availability and quality of affordable housing in the Town of Hempstead,” said New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky, who represents Malverne and West Hempstead. “I was proud to fight alongside my Long Island colleagues to secure funding for an in-depth study in the budget, as it will allow us to enact truly effective solutions to a serious crisis facing the community.”
The study on what can be done to address the issue will be conducted by the Town in partnership with nonprofit home builders Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County. The organization has experience as they regularly acquire, repair, and sell zombie homes to families with steady incomes.
“We’re so happy to be a part of something that’s going to help and benefit the entire county and the Town of Hempstead,” said Myrnissa Stone-Sumair, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Nassau County. “We’ll continue to make new partners with each and every area of Nassau County.”
You can read more here.
Democrats Hope for Gateway Tunnel Project Funding from Trump’s Infrastructure Plan
A group of US Congressional members recently visited and toured 111-year old Hudson River tunnels in needs of repair in hopes that it can garner a part of the Trump administration’s proposed $2 trillion transportation plan.
Not just those tunnels, but the representatives were hoping that funding could be targeted for the Gateway project, a proposal that will create new tubes and repair old tunnels connecting New York and New Jersey. They would also tour the Second Ave subway tunnel that was dug in the 70’s and is hoping to add three new stops from 106th to 125th street. The touring representatives talked about how they hoped they could reach a bipartisan agreement on transportation spending, which the President himself has talked about in the past.
Representative Peter DeFazio from Oregon was one of the members to tour the tunnels and is also the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He talked about how he had met with Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Speaker Nance Pelosi in the White House this past Tuesday on transportation issues.
Vision is encouraged to see at least a dialogue on transportation being opened in this age of chaos and partisan in-fighting on the federal level. Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Speaker Pelosi issued this joint statement following their meeting last week with President Trump at the White House:
“Today, we had a constructive meeting with President Trump agreeing on a big and bold initiative to build the infrastructure of America.
“Building America’s infrastructure is about creating jobs immediately, and also bolstering the commerce it facilitates, advancing public health with clean air and clean water, and improving the safety of our transportation system, and addressing climate change with clean energy, clean transportation and resilient infrastructure. We are pleased the president agreed to include a major investment in expanding broadband to rural, urban and other underserved areas to deliver broadband’s benefits for education, health care and commerce.”
You can read more here.
Help out the LI Coalition for the Homeless with the Rely on Relief Charity Drive
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is in the midst of their Rely on Relief charity fund to bring much-needed feminine hygiene products for women who need them most.
Did you hnow that feminine hygiene products are the #1 most requested item in almost every single food pantry around the world? Or that sanitary pads are the #1 most used feminine hygiene product? In the year 2018, 330.25 million pounds of feminine hygiene products were sold in the United States.
Please visit LICH’s “Brighter Skies” charity and donations drive here and help them to help the community by donating needed essential items.
Public Input Needed for Hiking and Biking Trails in Suffolk
Suffolk County recently launched a new website, hikebikesuffolk.com, for the public to provide input on the County’s Hike and Bike Master Plan. The site is an interactive map that allows users to make specific comments or recommend routes or improvements to the network of hiking and biking trails in Suffolk County.
Using this new public input tool, residents can ‘drop a pin’ to comment on a specific location, or ‘draw a path’ to connect two points they would like to see better connected. Comments and recommendations will be collected through May 19th, 2019.
Natural Gas Supplies at Risk. Act Now!
There are dozens of communities across Long Island with plans underway whether it be in their residential, commercial, or downtown areas. In order to support this growth, upgrades to our infrastructure are needed to keep pace with development. Currently, the existing infrastructure supplying our natural gas does not have the capacity to keep pace with the demand created by this growth. This is not just an issue for Long Island but the northeast region. It is crucial to the growth and health of our downtowns that there be an adequate supply of access to natural gas. The Northeast Supply Enhancement project proposed by National Grid would assist in meeting this demand.
Vision Long Island is strongly asking for your support on this issue. Below is a message from John Bruckner, President, National Grid New York, further explaining the NESE project and how you can help.
Message from John Bruckner, President, National Grid New York
National Grid serves natural gas to millions of customers in New York Cityand Long Island every day. And every day the demand for natural gas continuesto grow.
This new growth comes from large commercial customers andsmaller mom-and-pop businesses – and they are all demanding natural gas. It's clean, it's affordable and it's convenient. In addition, there is a growing demand from businesses and households to switch from oil to natural gas to save on energy bills andreduce greenhouse gases.
We support efforts to reduce energy consumption, alternative heating solutions such as geothermal, and advancing renewable energy -- wind, solar or renewable natural gas -- and stand ready to fully incorporate them into our energy mix.
But the reality is we just do not have enough gas supply to keep up with this growing demand. And renewable energy sources are not advanced enough to keep up with the pace of this demand.
That’s why we’ve asked Transco to build the Northeast Supply Enhancement project (NESE) which will provide an additional 14 percent ofthe natural gas we so desperately need to support the exceptional growth in New York City and on Long Island.
The fact of the matter is, without NESE, we will not be able to supply natural gas to new commercial, industrial and residential customers to heat their homes or run their businesses, putting the region’s economic growth at risk. Additionally, we will no longer be able to support requests from customers looking to convert from oil to natural gas.
We can’t do it without NESE. I can’t state it any more simply than that.
I hope you will view this short video to learn more about the need for additional gas supply in the region.
Also, time is of the essence. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is scheduled to make a final decision on permitting this project in the April - May 2019 timeframe. Take immediate action by going directly to the Take Action Page to voice your support for this critical energy project.
Help Island Harvest Stamp Out Hunger on May 11th
The National ASSOC of Letter Carriers Food Drive is taking place on May 11th and is asking for your help in gathering non-perishable food items for the hungry. All you need to do to participate is to leave a can of food or more at your mailbox on May 11th, and your postal carrier will pick it up for the drive.
This year they are looking for canned or dry beans, canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter (or other nut butters), nuts & seeds, canned fruit (in water or juice), canned vegetable (Low‑Sodium), low‑sodium pasta sauce, rolled oats, low‑sugar cereal, brown rice, quinoa, whole grain pasta, popcorn (light butter or kernels), shelf‑stable milk, olive or canola oil, and low‑sodium soup or stew.
As part of this, Island Harvest is seeking volunteers to help out at their warehouse on May 11th through 15th. You can register to volunteer at islandharvest.org and help to #StampOutHunger.
Please help to get the word out about this important event! You can view a flyer for the event here.
Empire State Development to Hold Town Halls for CFA Assistance Beginning May 16th
Governor Cuomo launched the ninth round of Regional Economic Development Council Competition, which will award more than $750 million across the 10 REDC regions in New York State. Through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), which opened to applicants on May 1st, businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public can apply for assistance from dozen of state programs for job-creation and community development projects.
To increase public awareness of the CFA, the Long Island team from Empire State Development will be hosting town hall meetings. These town halls give business owners, not-for-profits, and community development organizations the opportunity to learn more about CFA and ask questions. Interested parties can RSVP to Annmarie Proscia at email@example.com with their location choice.
The Meetings are as follows:
Thursday, May 16th
Monday, May 20th
Thursday, May 30th
Please refer to this link for additional information: http://www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/.
LIBN to host Corporate Citizenship Awards on June 5th
Join LIBN on Wednesday, June 5, as they salute professionals and companies that go above and beyond to support the communities they serve.
Long Island thrives on community service. LIBN's Corporate Citizenship Award honorees consistently prove that true community stewardship evolves through building strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations and others that strive to meet the critical needs of our community. LIBN's Corporate Citizenship Awards recognizes companies and individuals who believe that by being a good corporate citizen we contribute to the economic and social well-being of our employees, businesses and the community.
Honorees include Vision Long Island Board Member Brandon Ray of AT&T for Leadership Excellence, PSEG Long Island for Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business), and Jim McCann of 1800 Flowers and George Tsunis of Nassau University Medical Center for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The event will take place from 8 AM to 10 PM at the Crest Hollow Country Club, located at 8325 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury, NY.
PinkTie.org to Hold 7th Annual Event on June 10th
Join PinkTie for its 7th Annual PinkTie.org Event on Monday June 10th, 6-11p, at The Carltun at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow NY, benefiting Stony Brook Children's 501(c)(3). This is the MUST-ATTEND EVENT of the year, hosted by the largest and fastest-growing charitable networking organization on Long Island.
What began as a small business-networking effort with a charitable bent has become the backbone of Long Island’s fastest-growing philanthropy movement – a collaborative "Go-Giving". The annual PinkTie.org Event, which has grown from an inaugural event with about 350 attendees is now Long Island’s must-attend fundraiser seeing over 2,500 attendees and raising over $500,000.
Event sponsors enjoy unparalleled branding opportunities prior to and throughout the event, including prominent logo placement during the event and coverage by, News 12, Newsday and Innovate Long Island. Sponsors are also mentioned by name in event previews on radio spots, digital, print, social media and other regional media outlets.
You can see more information and purchase tickets and sponsorships here.
Governor Cuomo Announces New Round of Funding for Downtown Revitalization
For the fourth straight year the Governor and the Legislature have approved $100 million towards downtown initiatives across NYS. This item in the NYS budget was on the agenda for the 100 organization LI Lobby Coalition in Albany.
On Long Island, the three past winners include Village of Westbury, Town of Oyster Bay for Hicksville, and the Town of Islip for Central Islip. Now a new downtown on Long Island will receive $10 million in funding again this year. The winner is selected from, on average, about 20 applications have been submitted over the last three years.
The program provides $10 million in funding to a downtown in each of the 10 economic regions in the state. The goal is to quickly boost local economies and to help foster vibrant neighborhoods with a higher quality of life. The winning applicant is selected by the local Regional Economic Development Council, who will thoroughly evaluate the potential of each downtown that applies.
This year the proposals are due by 4 p.m. on May 31, 2019.
Criteria for applicants include:
Once selected, a local planning committee is selected that is comprised of local leaders, stakeholders, and key government officials. This group will overs the development of a strategic plan for the downtown and recommend funding opportunities for the grant money. It is expected that the funds provided will supplement local investment and build upon itself once the process is concluded.
You can read more about the DRI process and apply here.
Round 17 of Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Now Available
Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel are pleased to announce the availability of the Downtown Revitalization Round 17 Grant Applications. Eligible applicants must partnet with a local municipality (town of village). That application incorporates the Panel's intent to support projects that will have an important and sustainable impact on downtowns. All applications will be reviewed and scored via a merit based grading system. Applications are due by 4:30pm on Friday, May 24, 2019
You can read the guidelines for the grants here.
You can download the application here.
NYS DEC Providing Funding for Environmental Justice Grants
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) will provide state assistance funding through the Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant program to community-based organizations for projects that address exposure of communities to multiple environmental harms and risks (“projects”).
Approximately $4,375,929 is available. Applicants may be awarded up to $100,000 each until funding has been exhausted.
All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables accounted for in performance measures that can be completed and invoiced within a 36-month contract period/term. Applicants should not begin their projects or incur costs until a Master Contract for Grants (MCG) has been fully approved by DEC, and if applicable approved by the Attorney General and the State Comptroller. Applicants should not submit an application if they do not anticipate their project can be completed within the specified contract term.
Applicants may submit up to three applications, however, only one application per applicant may be funded. Multiple applications may not be for the same project or projection location.
Projects must serve an EJ community, as defined in DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (available on DEC’s website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/36929.html).
To apply for this opportunity and for more information surrounding this grant, please go here.
Round IX open for Regional Economic Development Council Competition
Announcing funding for Round IX of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, officially kicking off the 2019 competition for more than $750 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application is now open, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state programs, through a single application, for job-creation and community development projects.
The Regional Councils will compete in 2019 for up to $150 million in capital funds and $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits for projects identified by the Regional Councils as priorities in their regions. All ten regions will be competing this year for designation as a Top Performer. Five top performing regions will be awarded a share of $100 million in ESD Capital grants. The remaining five regions will be awarded a share of $50 million in ESD Capital grants. Each region will also be awarded a share of $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits to help attract and grow business in the region.
In addition, each region will once again receive $10 million to implement projects identified through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and projects from all 10 regions submitted through the CFA will be eligible for over $525 million in other state agency funds.
The 2019 REDC Guidebook and list of available resources will be accessible at http://www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/. The CFA will open to applicants on May 1, and the deadline for applications is Friday, July 26 at 4 p.m. For applicants, the CFA is available at https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/.
#MadeToMove Grant Program Underway
The #MadeToMove Grant Program from Unilever’s Degree Deodorant and Blue Zones - a competitive funding opportunity to assist communities in advancing active transportation through local project development, implementation and supporting policies – is officially underway!
Communities throughout the United States now realize that growing a program in active transportation is an essential way to help all citizens live fuller, healthier, longer lives. The program is a competitive funding opportunity created to assist communities in advancing active transportation through local project development, implementation and supporting policies. With the ultimate goal of promoting more walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly environments for all ages, incomes and abilities, this funding opportunity will be awarded to five mid-sized communities in the United States. Each community will receive $100,000 plus technical assistance from the Blue Zones, LLC, built environment team.
The link to apply can be found here: https://www.bluezones.com/made-to-move/.
Opportunity Open for Public Transit Technology and Innovation Program
Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 3914, seeks proposals to develop and demonstrate innovative public transportation technologies and strategies that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and associated energy consumption of the existing bus, rail, and connected intermodal transit systems in New York State (NYS).
Proposals should focus on new or underutilized solutions that can help transit agencies make tangible improvements to their operations while achieving real energy savings, especially in bus efficiency and electrified rail. Proposals should demonstrate a feasible path to economic viability and be replicable and relevant to transit agencies in NYS. The goal of this program is to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies and operational approaches that are required for New York’s public transportation systems, while contributing to the State’s energy and GHG reduction goals. : Concept papers will now be accepted on a rolling basis through November 20, 2019 or until all funds are committed. Additional minor changes are summarized in the Summary of Revisions.
For additional details and associated documents visit: PON 3914 Solicitation Detail Page
Questions and comments can be sent to mailto:Richard.Mai@nyserda.ny.gov or call (212) 971-5342 x3476.
Nunley’s Carousel Mural Installed at Baldwin LIRR Station
This past April saw the Nunley's Carousel Mural created by Michael White installed at the Baldwin LIRR station facing the intersection of Grand Avenue and Sunrise Highway.
This beautification project was made possible due to $4,200 in contributions from almost 150 Baldwin residents, Baldwin Civic Association members, and people who loved and remember their wonderful experiences at Nunley's Amusement Park on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin from 1939 to 1995.
You can read more about Mr. White and the project here.
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