September 9th - 15th, 2017
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“I believe this is a prudent opportunity for the town to invest in workforce housing and downtown revitalization while leveraging substantial federal, state and county funds. The mixed-use family/downtown housing model is consistent with the vision endorsed by the Town Board.” - Riverhead IDA member Lori Pipczynski
Riverhead IDA Approves PILOT Program for Riverview Lofts
Riverhead IDA has voted to grant Georgica Green Ventures a 30-year payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program for the recently approved Riverview Lofts in Downtown Riverhead.
The move comes after the initial rejection of a 30-year tax abatement that had originally been requested by the developer to help offset costs. The PILOT will instead start at a reduced amount until requiring the full amount in taxes to be paid after 18 years. The length of the plan is a rarity for the IDA as it usually does not allow for time periods longer than ten years. This decision was one of the final hurdles for the project to clear before it could begin construction, which is welcome after the building sat vacant for all but 4 of the past 20 years. The Lofts will feature 116 units with a number of affordable apartments set aside as workforce housing, and will also feature two restaurants and offices on the ground floor along with 55 parking spaces.
The PILOT agreement will allow for the developer to pay around $58,000 for the first year and increase the amount by 2% annually for fifteen years until rising gradually for the next three years. After that, the payments will equal the full tax amount. The project is expected to generate more than $6 million in property taxes over the 30 year period, which is $4.7 million more than is currently expected. Georgica Green had previously requested a plan beginning at $42,000 annually that would increase by 20% every five years after.
“The developer is not getting a 30-year abatement, but rather a 15-year abatement,” said IDA member Lori Pipczynski. “I believe this is a prudent opportunity for the town to invest in workforce housing and downtown revitalization while leveraging substantial federal, state and county funds. The mixed-use family/downtown housing model is consistent with the vision endorsed by the Town Board.”
This development fits in with the many initiatives taken by the Town over the last few years including Summerwind, Peconic Crossing, the Riverhead Aquarium and hotel, the new restaurants downtown and the numerous events that draw folks into the area. Vision supported the project and we look forward to it moving ahead without delay.
The resolution approving the PILOT will also grant a sales tax break on the cost of construction materials associated with the development as well as an abatement on the county mortgage recording tax.
You can read more on this story here.
Hicksville Community Council Holds Meeting to Provide Updates
Vision spoke at the Hicksville Community Council meeting last week to provide updates and information about the downtown revitalization. Hicksville is this year’s recipient for the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative $10 million grant. In addition, the Town of Oyster Bay is in the process of revising the zoning for the downtown area to allow for revitalization to occur.
“The town is in the process of going through the zoning. We’ve had some hurdles to it, and we’re now in the middle of doing an environmental impact for the whole area,” said Town of Oyster Bay Official James McCaffrey. “We also need to do a few more traffic studies and things like that before we can present it formally to the town board. We’re working very closely with Nassau County now to complete all of the steps that are necessary for us to go through the zoning process. We hope to have it before the town board by November, but based upon all of the environmental steps that need to be taken, we’re probably looking at January or February.”
Eric Alexander shared some of the experiences the Village of Westbury has had during the first year of their DRI grant process. Hicksville will likely undergo a similar planning process to determine how best to spend the grant money. Mr. McCaffrey explained that the town is currently working with the state to organize a committee of stakeholders that will help shape the process moving forward. Elissa Kyle described how the rezoning process can help shape future development and encourage redevelopment that may be stalled due to current zoning. Lionel Chitty of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and Vision board member relayed what feedback and information he has received from local business and property owners as well as from speaking with the Village of Westbury about their process.
“The plan that we have really keeps the density in the heights at levels that folks are comfortable with, which are three-and four-story buildings,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. “They don’t want to see five- or six-story buildings like in Patchogue. They really want to keep the character and bring back that old downtown feeling. That’s the purpose of the resulting code that we have established with the Town of Oyster Bay. The town is currently moving forward with the rezoning process, revitalizing old properties and bringing some investments back into the area around the Hicksville train station. In addition, the Long Island Railroad is putting $100 million into the Hicksville train station as well.”
There were many questions from those in attendance regarding various topics like the Sears property redevelopment, the Long Island Rail Road third track improvements and potential parking garages, walkability and pedestrian safety issues and general public safety concerns in the area. All were invited to get involved to help make positive change in downtown Hicksville.
Developer Plans Mixed-Use Building in Downtown Huntington
Local developer Larry Weinberger is making plans to build a mixed-use building in downtown Huntington after a previous proposal for a restaurant was denied by the Town Board.
Mr. Weinberger’s original plan for a restaurant fell through when it became clear that he would not be able to garner the needed parking relief to make it feasible in the already busy downtown. Instead he has decided that he will shift plans to a mixed-use building that will include 7,315 square feet on the ground floor with 10 apartments on the second. In order for the plan to move forward, the Huntington Zoning Board will need to grant a special use permit to use municipal parking.
Huntington has been something of a hot spot for mixed use, with several buildings going up in recent years that feature businesses on the first floor and apartments above. Recent changes to town code have also been introduced that will help residents to purchase apartments in the downtown and contribute to fist time homebuyers.
You can read more on this story here.
Public Hearing Regarding Heartland Town Square Traffic Concerns on September 19th
The Suffolk County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing next week to discuss an objection filed by the Town of Huntington regarding the Heartland Town Square development at the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center in Brentwood.
Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone filed an official complaint to Suffolk County in order to protest approval of the Heartland project, citing a potential impact on Commack Road and Sagtikos Parkway and other traffic issues. The County's planning commission will now review the plan for traffic mitigation in order to appease Huntington, but it's not expected to significantly impact the project itself.
In February of this year, the commission unanimously voted to recommend that the Islip Town Board grant an application to change the zoning for the site from residential to the newly established Pilgrim State Planned Redevelopment District. The Islip Town Board in July voted unanimously to approve zoning changes and the first phase of the plan. An objection by Huntington triggered the county planning commission to hold another public hearing and possibly revote on its recommendation. A two-thirds majority by the county commission would be needed to overturn either part of or the entire zone change from Islip.
The objection hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 19th at 6 p.m. at the Rose Caracappa Auditorium, 725 Veterans Memorial Hwy. in Smithtown.
Written comments may be submitted before the hearing to the attention of: Andrew P. Freleng, Chief Planner, Suffolk County Planning Commission, Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning, P.O. Box 6100 — 11th Floor, Hauppauge, NY 11788.
Over $200 Million Dedicated to New Fund for Affordable Housing Purchases and Renovations
New York developer Jonathan Rose, Founder and President of Jonathan Rose Companies, has raised a $233 million real-estate fund dedicated to affordable housing, the company’s largest such fund in a sector drawing more attention from investors.
Roughly 125 investors, including Deutsche Bank AG’s Community Development Finance Group, the Ford Foundation and an affiliate of Nuveen, have made commitments to the fund, the Wall Street Journal reported. The fund, known as the Rose Housing Preservation Fund IV L.P., has already logged $64 million in equity investments as of the end of August, including stakes in more than 3,300 affordable housing units. The fund will acquire, preserve and renovate affordable housing.
Earlier this year, the company purchased Forest City Realty Trust’s affordable housing business for $500 million, a month after being tapped by the city to build a 751,000 square foot mixed-use development in East Harlem, which will include 262 permanently affordable apartments and 79 units for seniors. By the end of this year, Rose will own more than 15,000 units, an increase of 6,500 from before his acquisition of Forest City.
In the affordable rental-housing market, properties are priced within the range of low- to moderate-income tenants, real-estate executives in the sector said. Rents at many of these properties are kept affordable for certain time periods because of government incentive programs providing tax abatements, tax credits and rental subsidies. Some, however, are affordable without restrictions.
One of the most appealing things about owning affordable housing units is the steady income that they produce. Across the United States, there was a seven year luxury apartment boom, with the increase in supply making landlords to provide cuts in rents. There’s still a huge demand for low-rent apartments in major cities across the U.S., with about 65,000 affordable units being built annually. However, about 150,000 units are lost each year to buyers raising rents.
“We know how to put together preservation financing that helps us outcompete for properties we are trying to buy,” Mr. Rose said. “We also have a very strong track record for integrity and for closing at the price that we bid.”
Over the years, Jonathan Rose Cos. has adopted the approach of making energy-efficient investments at its properties that can reduce operating costs by 20% or more within five years, the company said. Many of those improvements such as weather stripping doors, insulation and LED lights are relatively inexpensive, Mr. Rose said.
You can read more about the new multi-million dollar affordable housing fund here
The North Fork Introduces New Trolley Service for Local Attractions
A new trolley service has begun running on the North Fork in an effort to boost tourism without also boosting traffic to the region. In recognition of the region’s growing status as a tourist destination and increasing local industry to match, a pilot program for trolley service has officially begun shuttling residents. Titled “Experience the North Fork by Trolley,” the shuttle service is timed to coincide with ferry service and the LIRR’s schedule and has a loop through Greenport as well as a Mattituck-Peconic loop. The system is $10 for an all-day pass, $3 for seniors, and free for children under 3. There is also a “Go North Fork” app that tracks the location of the trolley.
The loops are an expansion of the almost fifteen year old North Fork Trolley that has been in business since 2003. The service has mostly done tours and during the holidays has a special Polar Express run for children. This new expansion is designed to shuttle people from transportation spots to the local attractions.
The service has been met with praise across the North Fork as an ideal way to reach local business without the need of an automobile. The region boasts numerous farms, vineyards, fisheries, restaurants, shopping, and exceptional beaches, historic landmarks and more. These should all see a benefit from a shuttle system that regularly travels the area. Suffolk County is so pleased with the system that they are advocating for an Empire State Grant of $200,000 to keep the system running through 2018.
You can read more on this story here.
Harvey Victims Need Your Help
With the devastation that Hurricane Harvey unleashed in Texas, Long Islanders are reminded well of the gravity that disaster brings to entire communities in both the short and long terms. Several drives for monetary donations, as well as for physical donations, are underway and in the planning stages in order to bring relief directly to communities in need. Friends of Long Island groups understand first-hand how it is a bottom-up approach that best serves communities in the relief and recovery process, and will be partnering with organizations that helped us in the past on Long Island so they can help others, as well as targeting grassroots organizations to provide assistance.
When disaster occurs, the most important thing is to get cash to the affected region first-and also to know where donations are going. While well-intended, shipments of material goods in the immediate wake of disaster can clog up infrastructure, manpower, and storage that are critically needed- it is best to wait to send physical items until there is a collaborative effort with those on the ground to assess actual needs. There will be initiatives upcoming that we will communicate and will need your support for.
Here are some links where you can donate financially, with the funds going to good use in the relief process. These organizations had a positive presence in recovery and were well received on Long Island post-Sandy:
Friends of Long Island
Since the aftermath and needs of Hurricane Harvey are not yet fully known, Friends of Long Island groups are currently assessing the situation, connecting with community organizations on the ground, and planning to assist as appropriate in the near future. In the meantime, national groups below are also gearing up to assist.
Other Regional Efforts
All Hands Volunteers
Church World Services (CWS)
Habitat for Humanity
Islamic Relief USA
The Jewish Federations of North America
Lions Club of Long Island
Long Island Council of Churches
Long Island Volunteer Center
NYS Senator Phil Boyle Donation Drive
Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies
Long Island Business Council to Hold Candidates Forum on September 19th
The Long Island Business Council will be holding a Nassau County Candidates Forum on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The forum will feature Republican Candidate Jack Martins and Democratic Laura Curran for the Nassau County Executive's race as well as the Comptroller Candidates Republican Steve Labriola and Democratic Candidate Jack Schnirman.
You can RSVP for the event by calling 877-811-7471 or emailing email@example.com. Attendance is free for LIBC members and $45 for non-members.
You can register online here.
APA to Hold Annual East End Planning Conference on September 20th
On September 20th, the APA Long Island Section will hold its annual East End Planning Conference! This year the conference will be held at the Hotel Indigo East End located at 1830 West Main Street in Riverhead. Hotel Indigo is centrally located on the East End on Route 25 just west of downtown Riverhead. We look forward to an afternoon and evening of discussion on timely planning topics and networking.
To view the program, REGISTER for this event, and pay online, please visit http://www.nyplanning.org/events/2017-east-end-planning-conference/ Or, send a check payable to “LI Section” to: Kathryn Eiseman, APA LI Section Treasurer, c/o Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, 572 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747. (If paying by check, please also send an email confirmation to Kathy Eiseman at firstname.lastname@example.org). A REGISTRATION link can also be found on www.apalongisland.org.
Long Island’s 5th Annual Car Free Day to Take Place on September 22nd
The 5th Annual Car Free Day will take place on September 22nd this year. Take the pledge to leave your car at home on Friday, September 22nd and celebrate sustainable transportation on Long Island. In 2016, 4,111 Long Islanders pledged to be car free or car-lite, resulting in the avoidance of 84,000 miles of driving and 42 tons of CO2 emissions!
You can take the online pledge here and be eligible for prizes. All pledges made through 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Friday, September 22, 2017 will be entered into the prize raffle drawing. Prize eligibility is available to those physically living or working on Long Island in Nassau or Suffolk counties.
Restore NY Communities Initiative Informational Meeting to be Held Online September 25th
Empire State Development Corp. will host a free workshop on September 29th for municipalities interested in applying for some of the $80 million in redevelopment funding available through Round 5 of the Restore NY Communities Initiative. ESD has also scheduled informational workshops for Sept. 25 in Schenectady and Sept. 26 in Rochester, as well as a live webinar covering Restore NY application requirements at 10 a.m. on Sept. 25. More information on the workshops available here; email RestoreNY@esd.ny.gov to register for the webinar.
29th Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference to be held on October 20th
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless in co-sponsorship with Stony Brook University of Social Welfare, will be holding its Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference on October 20th. The event will feature a keynote address from Richard Hooks Wayman, the Executive Director for the Children’s Defense Fund. The theme of the Conference will be Breaking Down Barriers: Serving our Most Vulnerable.
The Conference is currently accepting sponsors, which will be available through October 2nd. Sponsorships start at $1,000 for our Corporate Partners and $500 for Non-profit Partners. Journal ad opportunities are still available as well. If you have any questions you can go here to find more information and can contact Ksusha Cascio by email here or phone at 631-464-4314 x 123.
Central Islip's "Good Neighbor Awards" to be Held on October 26
The Central Islip Civic Council will be honoring four individuals for Outstanding Community Service on Thursday, October 26th. Debra Cavanagh from the Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors, Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron, Rob Goldman Suffolk Community College, and Barbara LaMonica from Central Islip School District.
The event will take place at Watermill Caterers at 711 Smithtown Bypass in Smithtown. You can find more information for the event and civic council here.
AARP Foundation Providing Grants for Scaling Evidence-Based Solutions for Vulnerable Older Adults
The AARP is providing grants for educational and non-profit organizations to create and advance effective solutions to increase economic opportunity and social connectedness among the vulnerable, older adult population. The AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income and vulnerable older adults have nutritious food, safe, secure, and affordable housing, a steady income and economic opportunities to grow and protect financial assets, and strong and sustaining social bonds. To address those needs, this grant competition seeks evidence-based solutions that are guided by a deep level of engagement with AARP Foundation and that can be brought to scale.
This funding opportunity is available to organizations that include institutions of higher education, public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as other types of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. This funding opportunity is intended for national or regional organizations, with a built-in distribution channel, such as affiliates, members, chapters or collaborative partnerships. AARP Foundation is seeking organizations that serve thousands of individuals in a cost-effective manner.
You can read the full details and grant application process here. All applications must be completed online. The deadline for application is October 24, 2017, 11:59pm ET
NYS Climate Smart Communities Grant Program Funding Available
Funding will be available for inventory, assessment, planning and implementation projects that advance the work of municipalities in addressing climate change. Priorities for the 2017 round include specific adaptation actions that reduce flood risk and increase preparedness for future extreme weather conditions, specific mitigation activities related to transportation and reduction of food waste, and specific Climate Smart Communities certification actions that advance municipal ability in the future to implement adaptation and mitigation projects in the identified implementation categories.
A municipal resolution from the lead applicant authorizing application submission and documenting the availability of local match in the event of grant award must be submitted at the time of application.
For general information and questions on the Climate Smart Communities Program, please contact the Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, 518-402-8448, email@example.com.
NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants Available
The New York State DEC continuously accepts applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. TAGs are available to eligible community groups for the purpose of obtaining independent technical assistance in interpreting existing environmental information about an eligible “significant threat” site being remediated in the State Superfund Program or Brownfield Cleanup Program. Technical assistance is intended to help the grant recipient and the community it represents to understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals and share this information with the public.
Funding is limited to $50,000 per site, with no matching requirement. A community group must be a nonresponsible party community group or one that is in partnership with another nonresponsible party community group. The group must be a 501(c)(3), and a group whose members’ health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment may be affected by a release or threatened release of contamination at the eligible site. The group must be one whose membership represents the interest of the community affected by the eligible site. Eligible sites must be Class 2 sites on the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites or sites being remediated under the State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program that the DEC has determined pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment.
For more information, you can visit the DEC’s site here.
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Seeks Training Manager
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Training Manager for our main office in Amityville. This position requires an ability to understand policies and regulations; provide training to staff and community members on the regional Coordinated Entry System (CES); research, negotiate, schedule and track participation in training and workshops for Continuum of Care members; coordinate with staff/committee members to seek out other training opportunities, including participation in planning for the annual Keys for the Homeless Conference.
Local travel will be also required for this position. Benefits after probationary period will be available. These include paid time off (vacation, holiday, sick, personal), medical insurance for the employee (premium paid by LICH), and Simple IRA plan (with employer match).
Job description is as follows:
REPORTS TO: Associate Director
SUMMARY OF RESPONSBILITIES: The Training Manger works to develop and present training/workshops related to the Coordinated Entry System (CES); researches, negotiates and schedules training for COC (including those to be presented at annual Keys for the Homeless Conference, as appropriate). The Training Manager will learn the CES process by participating in client engagement, Vulnerability Assessment and outreach to various stakeholders. Additional responsibilities include maintaining knowledge of all services offered by homeless housing and assistance programs; assisting in strategic planning associated with the CoC and national initiatives to end homelessness as it relates to coordinated entry as it relates to training.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree in communications, social work or related fields plus five years work in a related field; Master of Social Work degree or graduate degree in human services-related study preferred, plus two years’ experience in case management or related experience in human services, or seven or more years’ experience in the human services field. Proven ability to present materials and train staff in various settings. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); knowledge of other presentation applications acceptable. Preferred additional knowledge of computer database applications (Foothold AWARDS- preferred, Access, Client or Costumer databases of accounting database software). Must have ability to communicate respectfully with people in crisis; ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, and work closely with persons within and outside the agency. Must be self-motivated and have a commitment to organization’s mission, visions and goals. Must have private transportation.
Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position. Questions should be submitted via email only.
Long Island Housing Services Seeking New Executive Director
Long Island Housing Services is seeking a new Executive Director. The organization was founded in 1969, in the wake of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the subsequent passage of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The organization was formed by a grassroots group of volunteers and civic and religious leaders. Its mission is to eliminate unlawful housing discrimination and promote decent and affordable housing through advocacy and education.
The Executive Director must be an experienced and seasoned leader and manager who will provide oversight of the organization, engage in the broader fair housing community, and develop and maintain strong relationships with funding sources, including local, state and federal government. The Executive Director must also have a strong and honed ability to motivate, develop, and manage staff. S/he must communicate openly and honestly, promoting inclusiveness, cooperation, and teamwork.
Applicants must apply by October 6th, 2017. You can view the description of responsibilities, qualifications, and how to apply here.
Long Island Remembers
It's been 16 years since the horrific attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City disrupted and forever changed so many lives on Long Island and in our region. Since that time we have heard and seen the numerous stories of bravery, courage, and sacrifice that have come to define us. We hope that this week you have taken a moment to rmember those who will never come home. We will always be thankful for those who gave everything for others.