June 17th - 21st, 2013
The Riverwalk is being developed by GRB Development, Inc. Michael Kelly and Sean Rose are members of the organization which was founded on the principals of; commitment to quality, customer service and corporate responsibility. The guiding principles of the conceptual design of The Riverwalk were; maximizing open space; providing finely manicured common and public areas; transforming a site to its original residential plan; including the historical elements of the Village of Patchogue; meticulous building components, and much more. From the east / west Green Belt to the River walk with sitting stations along the Patchogue River to the transformation of Clare Rose Boulevard, the common areas will be spectacular. You will be proud to call The Riverwalk home.
“The damage to homeowners’ fuel systems caused by Superstorm Sandy turned far too many backyards into toxic waste sites, and without this very important DEC program homeowners would be left to their own to pay the devastating clean-up bill. This reimbursement for oil spill cleanups is critical in ensuring that New Yorkers don’t have to shoulder the entire burden, and I am pleased to announce this necessary funding.” - US Senator Chuck Schumer speaking on recently released FEMA funds
Schumer announces allocation of $6 million in FEMA funds for the Department of Environmental Conservation
This past Tuesday, June 18th, Senator Schumer announced the allocation of over $6 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) to reimburse them for the remediation of oil and gas spills that occurred immediately after Superstorm Sandy. The purpose of the funds is for the clean-up of about 500,000 gallons of oil that spilled in 2,200 locations. The majority of the spills came from heating oil that overflowed from flooded tanks but sources also included damaged boats and flooded basements.
After Superstorm Sandy the NY DEC needed to act quickly to clean up the oil spills that primarily affected residential locations in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties. Sandy made landfall at the end of October prompting an immediate response from the DEC with the clean-up beginning in November and ending in December. The remediation project prevented further environmental damage as well as relieved any potential threats to public health. The DEC was also careful to collect any water that was affected by the spills in order to prevent the spread of contaminants.
In response to the clean up done by the DEC and allocation of funding from FEMA, Senator Schumer commented, “The damage to homeowners’ fuel systems caused by Superstorm Sandy turned far too many backyards into toxic waste sites, and without this very important DEC program homeowners would be left to their own to pay the devastating clean-up bill,” said Schumer. “This reimbursement for oil spill cleanups is critical in ensuring that New Yorkers don’t have to shoulder the entire burden, and I am pleased to announce this necessary funding.”
7Bus to expand Long Island service July 1
Though the new Bohemia-based 7Bus is already in service, the official launch date of the newly branded bus company has been set for July 1st.
Formerly operating under Bolt Bus Long Island, the buses offered rides from Suffolk County to various locations in Manhattan. Currently, bus service is available in Melville, Ronkonkoma and Riverhead on Long Island, in addition to 40th Street and 59th Street along Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. However, under the new commuter program, 7Bus will extend their service to new areas adding two new pickup and drop-off spots: Southampton Long Island Rail Road station on Long Island, and the intersection of 47th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.
Prior to the creation of 7Bus, the operations were under a licensed agreement with Bolt Bus, which would allow the company to use the national bus servicer’s name and their database for online ticketing. However, BoltBus did not provide the options needed for Long Island commuters, such as monthly and weekly passes.
"We had experience operating from December to present with Bolt," Mike Schoolman, President of 7Bus, said on Wednesday, "we wanted to add additional services to make it the best product it can be."
Passengers can now purchase tickets, for trips on and after July 1st, on the new, active 7Bus website, 7bus.com. Single ticket prices differ depending on place of origin, and range from $7 to $17.
Destination LI Social Media Campaign holds initial meeting
On Wednesday, June 19th, Renaissance Downtowns hosted the Destination Long Island Leadership meeting on a social media campaign at the Marriott Residence Inn in Plainview.
The summit provided an opportunity for various groups and organizations to discuss the role of social media to foster positive change here on Long Island. Over 80 of Long Island’s regional leaders joined together to learn about a “Call to Action” in order to involve various groups and organizations across the island to help amplify the voice of responsible economic development for Long Island by energizing the silent majority.
Vision Long Island co-hosted the event along with LIincs Young Professionals, LI Regional Planning Council, LI Center for Socio-Economic Policy, LIHP,and the Long Island Business Council.
Speakers on the agenda included CEO Don Monti of Renaissance Downtowns, Louis Imbroto and Tara Bono of LIincs Young Professionals, Neil Takemoto the Principal of CSPM Group, and Martin Cantor of the LI Center for Socio-Economic Policy. Keynote speakers included Chris Leinberger the Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Mary Lindenstein Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego. Brandon Palanker, VP Marketing and Public Affairs of Renaissance Downtowns, delivered the “Call to Action” including how each and every attendee can participate in this Long Island wide crowdsourcing campaign.To view the event’s agenda please visit the Event Brite Page or for more information about Destination Long Island please visit their website.
Route 347 project moves on to second phase; more lanes, lower speed limit, and bike trails
Route 347 is about to begin its second phase of its thirteen phase project. The project, which had been previously knocked by some critics, is now receiving a positive attention and feedback hailing it as a great model for the future highway development.
The project's first phase. from Veterans Memorial Highway to state Route 111, was completed last week. The second phase will begin next week. This phase begins at Mount Pleasant Road in Smithtown and will add a third lane in each direction.
The road, originally a farm delivery trail, did not have as much density in traffic that it does now. Post WWII, Route 347 slowly evolved into a very condensed, congested road given its commuter route accessibility and its shopping centers locations. It has seen an exponential rise in daily traffic from 48,000 in 1969, to a present number of 71,000, according to state figures.
Some of the features for this thirteen phase project include bike trails, walking paths, solar-Powered lighting, raised medians and trees to make the highway not only safer, but more attractive as well.
Assemblyman Steven Englebright said “They’re basically taking a road that was very alienating to drive on, very difficult to drive on, and they transformed it into an extension of the community it goes through”
The original plan called for the widening roads, which was a concern for local residents for fear of their land being seized to apply the expansions, however a new plan was drawn up to narrow the lanes, in order to take up less land, and lower the speed limit from 55mph to 45mph.
This $600 million project is expected to be done in 2031.
According to Vision Long Island’s Executive Director Eric Alexander, Route 347 is "the first major Long Island road project that had more amenities than just more pavement and more asphalt.” He added, "It's not just another big roadway project."
For further reading, please visit Newsday.
Nassau backs Farmingdale mixed-use project
A multimillion-dollar retail and housing development plan in downtown Farmingdale was endorsed by Nassau County this past Tuesday night, June 18th. The plan, which was approved by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), outlines the construction of a $38 million transit oriented, mixed-use development project located on South Front Street, Farmingdale, NY.
The developer of the project, Farmingdale based Bartone Properties, will receive 20 years worth of taxes breaks for this project. Instead of taxes, Bartone will be making payments over time, starting with $201,000 in the first year and then up to about $1.9 million by the 20th year.
This development project, upon its completion, will consist of two separate complexes located near the Long Island Rail Road Station in Farmingdale. The larger of the two will offer 115 apartments and 13,200 square feet of retail space. The plan for the second building outlines for an additional 39 apartments as well as 7,600 square feet devoted to retail space. Bartone Properties estimates that this development will create a minimum of 100 new construction jobs and upon its completion 10 or more full-time jobs, mostly in retail.
Rent for each apartment will generally run between $2,000 and $3,000 a month. Ten percent of the units will be set aside for affordable and workforce housing as stated by Bartone Properties. Construction should begin sometime within the next two months and is expected to take about 18 months to complete.
Although an official name has yet to be decided, the goal of this project is to attract empty nesters and young professionals to the area. County Executive Edward Mangano issued a statement of support towards this new development, adding that the project would "generate economic activity throughout eastern Nassau County and the Route 110 Corridor."
The mayor of Farmingdale Village, Ralph Ekstrand supports the project, calling the plan the "centerpiece of our transit-oriented development" and "the start of revitalized building" in the village. He said that the project will be able to take abandoned and underutilized lots and turn them into great rental units.
"Transit-oriented development, developing and increasing density," Ekstrand added, "that's the future of Long Island."
Eric Alexander, Executive Director of Vision Long Island, said if approved, the Bartone apartments would be among 6,000 units of transit-oriented housing built in the past six years on the Island.
"I would say a trend is well underway," he said. "A certain part of the market wants to live in downtowns with easy transit access to Manhattan. We see communities across Long Island do what Farmingdale is doing."
For further, reading please visit Newsday.
Huntington Village sees a rise in upstairs housing
Thanks to three new smart-growth development projects, the Huntington Village will see an influx of upscale apartment housing, adding as many as 44 upscale apartments.
One of the projects is a $5 million plan to turn Huntington’s former ice cube factory into a three-story mixed use building, with 8,000 square feet on the ground floor set aside for retail use. Additionally, the plan will add about 26 apartments upstairs available for rent. The developer for Ice House project is Peter Pastorelli, who has previously worked on two other apartment projects with the Town of Huntington, making the Ice House development his third.
Last year, Pastorelli was responsible for the redevelopment of five rental residences and six apartments situated above a grand total of 8,000 square feet of retail stores within the downtown Village of Huntington.
Islandia-based Heatherwood Communities is spending roughly $5 million to raze four stores and build a three story building with 12 apartments over 7,500 square feet of retail on Gerard Street, just a block away from the Ice House. In 2005, Heatherwood pioneered the development of high-end rentals over retail in Huntington with by turning a couple of abandoned stores and a parking lot into four rental over retail apartment units.
Heatherwood Principal Doug Patrick, a long time Huntingtonian, stated that the village could still benefit from even more rental housing. “I think the demand is there and will continue to be there for quality rentals,” Patrick said. “Young people want to come in. They want the nightlife, that’s why they’re here.”
Studies show that there is a market for rental over retail housing. In a recent poll by Stonybrook University, 45 percent of Long Islanders would want to live near or in a downtown area.
Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone stated. “But I’m also hearing from a lot of empty-nesters and not all of them want to go into a 55-and-over complex. They want to enjoy what’s in the village. They like the atmosphere.” Petrone said that the town is currently conducting a parking study to best strategize and handle the village’s growth. “Parking is always at a premium,” he said. “That’s the story of an active village downtown setting.” Petrone added, “some sort of parking structure” would be needed in downtown Huntington. Meanwhile, the Village of Huntington is likely to see more smart growth as time goes on. “The bottom line is economics,” he said. “Retail and residential go hand-in-hand.”
Vision Long Island’s Executive Director, Eric Alexander said that the projects will provide much needed housing options and will help give local businesses an economic boost.
“For the last 15 years, these new developments, along with traffic calming, sidewalk and beautification projects, new restaurants and the addition of the Paramount Theater, continue to make downtown Huntington a premier destination.”
For further reading, please visit Long Island Business News.
Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!
Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.
Vision Long Island is organizing physical clean-up and rebuilding crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.
Thanks for your past help of Sandy impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.
This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:
Please provide your own supplies needed for clean-up: Industrial bags, rakes, hammers, shovels, gloves, masks, heavy boots. We may have many of these items available but it is safer to have them ready to go just in case.
With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:
Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
SIMPLY CONTACT INFO@VISIONLONGISLAND.ORG OR CALL 631-804-9128 SO WE KNOW WHO IS SIGNING UP
Sandy Support Massapequa Style hosts “call to action” rally at the Massapequa Station on June 29th
Sandy Support Massapequa Style will be hosting a “call to action” rally at the Massapequa Station on Saturday, June 29th at noon. The Station is located at the corner of Sunrise Highway and Washington Ave in Massapequa.
Guest speakers will include homeowners, community leaders, and local politicians to discuss the current state of rebuilding efforts, FEMA relief and insurance.
The Sustainable Living Film Series to screen “Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle” on July 18th
The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College will be showing Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle, the 11th installment in their Sustainable Living Film Series, on Thursday July 18th at 7:30 p.m. The Sustainable Living Film Series features documentaries about sustainability and the environment and partners with a different organization at each screening. This month the partnering group will be the Sierra Club.
Cape Wind! is a multi-award winning documentary about the Cape Wind clean energy project on the Nantucket Sound. If implemented this wind farm will be the first offshore wind farm located in the United States. There is a great amount of controversy surrounding the development of this farm and this film gives a look into both sides of this issue outlining the tactics of each side and unlikely political alliances that have formed with a comic twist, making the film both entertaining and informative.
The Sustainability Institute will be working with the Long Island Sierra Club, a local organization that is part of the nationally recognized non- profit Sierra Club that works to preserve open land and protect our natural resources. Locally the Long Island Sierra Club organizes hiking and kayaking outings and raises awareness about the environmental issues that are specifically affecting the Long Island region.
Admission is $5 and space is limited so if you are interested in attending you must RSVP to 516-678-5000 ext. 7562 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Molly College Sustainability Institute is located in Farmingdale at 7180 Republic Airport. In addition, there will be a vegan buffet, popcorn, and socializing beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the movie at 7:30.
For more information, please visit the event Facebook page.
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.
To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to email@example.com. Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.
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Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
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Rockville Centre - Rockville Centre Chamber of Commerce 18th Annual Car Show & Street Fair. Held on Sunday June 23rd between 9am-5pm. Located on Village Avenue from Sunrise Hwy to Lincoln Ave, Rockville Center, NY.
Lynbrook - Lynbrook Street Fair. Held on Sunday June 30th between 10am-5pm. The fair will be located on Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook, NY.
Patchogue - Great South Bay Music Festival. Held on July 19th between 4:30pm-11pm, July 20th between 12pm-11pm, and July 21st between 12pm-9pm. The festival is located on Smith Street, Shorefront Park in Patchogue, Long Island, New York.
Sayville - Sayville Summerfest. The event will be held on Friday August 2nd starting at 3pm, Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and August 4th at 9:30am. On August 3rd Summerfest will be featuring the last race in the Sayville Summer Series, the Sayville Library 4 Mile Run which will be taking place between 9:15am-10:15am. The festival will be located on Main Street, Sayville, NY.
Massapequa Park - Massapequa Park Street Fair. The street fair will take place between Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and 4th 11am-6pm, rain or shine. Located on Park Blvd. & Front Street, Massapequa Park, NY.
Riverhead - The 39th Annual Polish Town Street Fair & Polka Festival. Held on August 17th and 18th. The Street fair will be located on Pulaski Street, Riverhead, NY.
Ronkonkoma - Ronkonkoma Chamber 8th Annual Labor Day Street Fair. The fair will be held on Sunday September 1st between 11am-6pm. The event will take place on Hawkins Ave. from Portion Road south to Wittridge Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.
Nesconset - Nesconset Day Street Fair. The event will take place on Sunday, September 8th between the hours of 10am-5pm. The street fair will be held at the Nesconset Plaza Shopping Center on Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY.
Bellmore - 27th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. Held between September 19th-22nd at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.
Garden City South - Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday September 22nd, between 10am and 5pm (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route24).
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