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October 6th - 12th, 2018

Regional Updates

Zyscovich Architects

For nearly forty years, Zyscovich Architects has strived to create projects with purpose, bringing new life and vibrancy to cityscapes through integrated urban planning, architecture and interior design. To this day, Zyscovich Architects has remained true to the original concept: design projects that have purpose and meaning. Since the firm’s inception in 1977, the goal has always been to establish a company that can provide high-value services for design-specific issues while placing “social betterment” at the core of everything they do. 

Zyscovich Architects has designed the full spectrum of projects, from transportation facilities and airports to K-12 schools and universities, mixed-use commercial and public-private partnership developments to multi-family residential high rises and master plans for cities. 

"Ordinary people are capable of wonderful economic things without even knowing they’re doing wonderful things. You know, the next thing is not planned. It just seems to happen. It is very seldom planned." - Jane Jacobs

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Northport Historical Review Board OKs Downtown Hotel

The Northport Village Architectural and Historical Review Board has given the go-ahead to a brand new downtown hotel.

The site is located at the northeast corner of Woodside Ave and Main Street, which is currently occupied by a three-story office building that is mostly empty.  The site is located in the heart of Main Street, across from the Post Office and Town Hall as well as the Northport American Legion.  The site is owned jointly by Kevin O’Neill and Richard Dolce, who also own the Engeman Theater, located next door to the Post Office.

The hotel has been in the works for a while, but always with the idea that any new design would fit in with the existing aesthetic of Northport.  The owners say that they’ve made strives and are pleased with the design as well of the feedback it has received.  There were also efforts made to conform to the town codes while still incorporating design elements of the original Queen Anne home.

The design also makes an effort to reduce stormwater runoff in an effort to minimize flooding on Main Street.  This will be done with a mixture of improved infrastructure and a system designed to capture water on-site instead of dumping it into the street.  There will also be an on-site pulper used in the restaurant portion of the hotel to reduce physical waste leaving the site as well. This is all part of a concerted effort to make the building more environmentally sound.

"We have the opportunity to construct a new building, so why not construct it in the most envionmentally conscious way that is not only efficient for our operation but also for the sewage treatment plant and for the runoff onto Main Street," said Mr. O'Neill. "We are taking that all into account."

There were three conditions on the approval by the review board:  That the material on façade, the fencing surrounding the parking, and design itself must all remain as close as possible to the recent presentation.  The site plan is still under review by the Village Planning Board, which will schedule public meetings before making a final decision on the design.

Mineola Store Owners Happy with Façade Improvement Program

For two years Mineola has been working to improve the look of their downtown, and local store owners have been taking notice.

The program was created in order to create a more uniform and pleasing look by helping local store owners to update their storefronts.  The new look will then encourage more clientele and and an active and bustling downtown.  Help comes in the form of a grant program, which was initially injected with $405,000 worth of funding that came from the Nassau County Community Block Grant.

The program grants a store owner 75% of the necessary funding to update their facades while the owner covers the remaining amount.  Designs are limited to ensure that storefront doesn’t drift too far from the vision for the downtown.  The program will also encourage local businesses to invest back into their own stores and create a more vibrant downtown.

Village officials anticipate funding for 75 facades under the program, with 13 recently completed, 4 currently underway, and a further 14 finalizing contracts with Mineola.  The Village has also received inquiries from about a dozen other owners.

Vision recognizes the importance of these programs, which are critical to advancing downtowns looking to grow and attract foot traffic. Vision has been a part of a similar Farmingdale program, which has been underway for several years now and is also showing positive results.

You can read more here.

Baldwin Civic Visits Downtown Farmingdale

Vision was out this past weekend on a walking tour of downtown Farmingdale with a delegation of leaders from the Baldwin Civic Association, staff from Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s office.

Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand​​, developer Anthony Bartone and local business owners participated in the tour which also coincided with the Columbus Day weekend Street Fair adding a festive environment to Main Street.

Special thanks to Baldwin Civic President Karen Montalbano​​ and her team for participating as they seek out solutions to their Grand Ave Business District in the coming months.

Great to also see NYS Senator Kemp Hannon and other friends like Craig Rizzo in the downtown today.

Vision Speaks at Hicksville Community Council Meeting

Vision recently attended and spoke at a meeting with the Hicksville Community Council, where we gave updates on downtown revitalization along with the Hicksville Chamber and the Town of Oyster Bay.

The Hicksville Community Council is a leadership group comprised of representatives from all of the community organizations and municipal services that cover Hicksville.  The meeting facilitated a great exchange and feedback from the group, and Vision is looking forward to continued progress on revitalization of the train station area.

Special thanks to Council President Harry Single for the invite and all of the organizations that participated in the discussion.

Village of Lindenhurst and GPI Seek to Engage Residents on Walkability

The following is a request from Greenman-Pedersen, Inc who has been hired by the Village of Lindenhurst and is seeking critical feedback from residents on the best way to create walkability in the village. If you are able to, please engage with them on what can be done to create a thriving downtown for Lindenhurst residents.

The Village of Lindenhurst selected Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI) to develop and conduct a Downtown Walkability Improvement Study. With the call for a walkability study, the Village is pursuing a path that was, until very recently, virtually unthinkable on the car-focused and largely car-dependent Long Island. However, improving walkability is the strategy of municipalities that stand out for their high quality of life. For Lindenhurst, improving walkability is a crucial means of revitalizing its downtown.

The walkability study is expected to be finalized in the Spring of 2019. It is analyzing existing conditions in the Village and investigating best practices from around the country as well as internationally. The study is also suggesting concrete walkability improvements for the downtown area and laying out an implementation plan linked to the Village’s walkability objectives: connectivity; accessibility; safety; multimodality; economic development; public health; aesthetics and attractiveness.  

GPI places high emphasis on not just informing, but thoroughly engaging citizens and stakeholders in the study process. The company conducted five LindenWalks for different community groups between July and October 2018. Furthermore, GPI developed a study website – – that provides information on the study progress and offers community members and stakeholders an opportunity to provide input to the study via an online public engagement tool.  

It is important for decision makers, citizens and other stakeholders to understand what is being planned and to allow them to bring in their input, concerns and suggestions in a meaningful way. Yet, technical plans and design concepts are often difficult to grasp for people outside the planning and engineering profession. Fully understanding that “seeing is believing”, GPI employs state-of-the-art visualization technology to overcome this major hurdle in planning and engineering projects. GPI’s animation specialists are using a combination of state of the art software and tools to create innovative visualizations. The study website allows the public to view animation videos of GPI’s preliminary design suggestions to improve walkability in Downtown Lindenhurst.

LIBN Announces Top 50 Women in Business on Long Island, Includes Vision’s Tawaun Weber

The Long Island Business News has released its top 50 women in business list for 2018, including Vision Long Island’s own Assistant Director Tawaun Weber. Additionally, Vision Long Island board member MariBeth Pietropaoli of 1st Equity Title and Gina Coletti of the Suffolk Alliance of Chambers were also nominated for the award.

The annual event honors professional women from all across Long Island for their business acumen, mentoring, and community involvement.  Honorees are selected via committee and receive a crystal memento at a dinner held in their honor.  Women are chosen from a variety of fields including business, government, and nonprofit.

The event will take place on October 18th at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, and will run from 6 to 9 pm.  You can view the full list of honorees and register for the event here.

Great Neck Plaza’s 34th Annual AutoFest & Street Fair Scheduled for October 21st


The Village of Great Neck Plaza, in conjunction with the local Business Improvement District (BID), will be holding the 34th celebration of our Annual AutoFest and Street Fair on October 21st.

The Plaza's Annual AutoFest & Street Fair has been a part of the lives of Great Neckers for more than three decades. It brings us great pleasure to announce the 34th Annual Auto Fest & Street Fair has been scheduled for Sunday, October 21st, from Noon to 5 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the fair will be held the following weekend; Sunday, October 28th.    

Parts of Middle Neck Road, Grace Ave, Bond Street,   Cutter Mill, and North Station Plaza will be closed down temporarily for the enjoyment of fair-goers. Live music will fill the streets from several locations, there's various activities planned for children and fun events for all ages, including classic and special edition automobiles that are featured.

For more information regarding the 34th Annual   Auto Fest & Street Fair, please contact Village Hall, (516) 482-4500, or the BID at (516) 829-1301,

Westbury BID Street Fair to be held on October 21st

The Westbury BID will be holding their Annual Street Fair on October 20th along Post Ave.

There will be vendors, local businesses, live bands and entertainment as well as a delicious food court featuring a variety of food trucks!  The rain date is the following day, Sunday, October 21st from 10 am-5 pm.

Visit as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @westburybid for updates and other information.

Riverhead BID to host annual Halloween Festival on October 27th

The Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association will be hosting their annual Halloween festival on October 27th.

The festival will include the popular coffin races, a Halloween parade, pumpkin carving, a Jack O’ Lantern walk, and afternoon trick-or-treating.  Coffin races will start at 1 pm with trick-or-treating taking place from 3 to 5 pm.  The parade will start at 7 pm.  Local restaurants and businesses may also have their own events and specials on that day.

You can find more information here.

30th Annual Keys for the Homeless Annual Conference on November 2nd

Please join the Long Island Coalition for the homeless for their 30th annual Keys for the Homeless Event.  The event will take place on November 2, from 8:30am—2:30pm at Touro Law Center, located at 225 Eastview Drive in Central Islip.  The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Zachary Morris, Assistant Professor and Stony Brook School of Social Welfare.

The Key of Excellence Award will be presented to Suffolk County Department of Social Services, Housing Division and Unsung Hero Awards to Lonnie Sherman, Founder, General Needs and Brother Mark  D’Alessio, Hope House Ministries.

There will also be workshops at the event, with topics to include Engaging Active Substance Users, A Team Approach to Engaging Homeless People with Complex Conditions, Motivational Interviewing, Eviction Procedures/Illegal Evictions, Data Driven Outcomes & Strategies, Homelessness, Food & Housing Insecurity, The Rights of Homeless Families, Bringing Your Project from Paper to Life: A Round Table with Funders, Employing Peer Specialists: Benefits for All, How Do We Come Together? Taking Action, Rapid Rehousing Models: A Panel, and Effective Landlord Engagement.  Selected Workshops will be eligible for CEU Credits.

You can visit their site here for Registrations, Sponsorships and more information.

Long Island’s First Cat Café Opens in Downtown Sayville

The Shabby Tabby, Long Island’s first Cat Café, has opened on Main Street in Sayville.

The café features an open space where customers can sip tea or coffee while cats roam the space, free to interact with any customer they choose to.  All of the cates are provided by the Golden Paws Society of Huntington, who rescues cats who would otherwise be euthanized.  All of the cats roaming at the café are up for adoption, so it’s a great way to get to know a potential new pet.

You can read more here, and you can check out their website to possibly reserve yourself some time here.

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Eric Alexander, Director

Christopher Kyle, Communications Director; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director;
Elissa Kyle, Planning Director; Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator

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