December 13th - 19th, 2015
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“We live in a village where we need to put people to work and this is how we plan on doing that in the future.”
-Mayor Wayne Hall, Village of Hempstead
“Our endgame is to create jobs and increase property values of the entire development for the village.”
-Don Monti, Renaissance Downtowns
“These are places young professionals want to live and work, with good transportation, infrastructure, walkable downtowns and connected to Manhattan.”
-Scott Rechler, RXR
Hempstead Revitalization Moves Forward
Hempstead Village moved ahead with the transfer of 14 downtown properties to developers this week as part of a $2.5 billion redevelopment of the downtown, moving the vision of making the village a destination location closer to reality. Vision spoke to over 100 community members earlier this month in support of the redevelopment at the Renew Hempstead meeting.
Although the developers paid nothing for the 14 parking fields, the village will receive $8 million from the developers under a community-benefit agreement. The first $1 million to the village will be paid this week, and $500,000 payments will be paid as the project moves ahead. The project also includes $25 million in grant-funded sewage projects for the area, which currently has a third of the downtown properties off the Village tax rolls. “That’s going to revitalize the whole downtown area and what we’ve been trying to do for the longest time,” Hall said. “We live in a village where we need to put people to work and this is how we plan on doing that in the future.”
25% of the estimated 10,000 construction and 6,000 permanent jobs that will be generated from the redevelopment will be reserved for Village residents and MWBE entities according to Mayor Hall. The first phase of construction (approved by the village planning board) is set to begin in April, with a five-story 36 unit apartment building and three-story parking garage breaking ground. It will be followed by a five-story 28,000-square-foot building with 240 mixed-income apartments above street level retail space at Bedell and Main streets. Although there are some that are somewhat opposed to the project due to concerns of a shortage in available parking, Mayor Hall says that no existing parking structures will be torn down during the first phase of construction.
The project in its entirety is estimated to bring in $2 billion dollars of economic activity to the area. “This is part of our commitment to enable beautification of downtown and encourage downtown development,” Renaissance CEO Don Monti said. “Our endgame is to create jobs and increase property values of the entire development for the village.”
RXR CEO Scott Rechler also has plans for the Hempstead area. Including his plans, Hempstead officials estimate the redevelopment will bring changes to the community for residents and consumers, and bring in millions of tax dollars to the village and schools. “The general workforce has a desire again for downtowns and revitalizing downtowns is the future of Long Island,” Rechler said. “These are places young professionals want to live and work, with good transportation, infrastructure, walkable downtowns and connected to Manhattan.”
Revised Proposal in for 36 Units in Valley Stream
Earlier this month, the Valley Stream board of trustees received revised plans from developer KAY Development Group of Manhattan for the proposed Promenade building, at 49 N. Central Ave after purchasing an adjacent property and a service road that leads to the rear of King Kullen.
Freeport Held Annual Nautical Mile of Lights Boat Parade
Freeport held its annual Nautical Mile of Lights boat parade last weekend, with private and commercial boats, as well as residential backyards, vying for coveted title of “Best Decorated Boat” and “Best Decorated Backyard”.
Parking Needs Continue to Grow in Patchogue
Patchogue Village is responding to the needs of its downtown parking concerns by moving to purchase properties that can be converted into much needed lots.
In a recent board meeting, the Village approved the purchase of 27 Church Street, which is just south of Main Street. The purchase, which will be funded with bonding, will add 50 parking spots in close proximity to attractions such as the Emporium. “The commitment we made to the business district and the residents is that the funding of the meters would go towards the expansion of parking,” said Mayor Paul Pontieri. “It will be the meter money that will pay down this bond; we average about $25,000 to 30,000 a month in income from them.”
Patchogue's busy downtown, which attracts many to the area on nights and weekends, has been struggling to balance the parking demands with available spaces. The Village recently demolished a vacant bank drive-thru on Church street, which will add an additional 20 parking spaces. There has been an engineer hired to look at the possibility of more parking spaces on the street, which is within walking distance to one of the busiest sections of the downtown. "Depending on what happens, one side of Church Street could become a parking lot," Mayor Pontieri said.
You can read more about the upcoming parking improvements from the Long Island Advance.
Illegal Dumping Coming Under Review by New York State Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee
The New York State Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee led by Assemblyman Steve Englebright met this week to discuss steps needed to protect Long Island’s groundwater from illegal dumping and sand mining. Illegal dumping and sand mining has plaqued projects like the Brookhaven Rail Terminal in Yaphank, Clemente Park in Brentwood and veteran's homes in Islandia.
New York State Economic Development Funding Comes to Long Island
Nassau and Suffolk counties were awarded $98.3 million in funding through the Regional Economic Development Council, a state-wide competition. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. Some of the projects included in this round's funding for Long Island include:
- Streetscape improvements for downtown Copaigue ($105,000)
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced that the Town has been named the recipient of four New York State Regional Economic Development Council Initiative awards, totaling $757,950, that will address projects such as the creation of an environmental master plan, a cultural master plan, and several mapping projects. The awards were part of a total of more than $2 billion in economic grants announced this week by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“These grants will enable the Town to address several environmental initiatives that are critically important to the Town’s environmental health, as well as other projects that will improve our infrastructure and enhance our communities,” said Bosworth. “The more than $757,000 in funding will serve as a great economic engine for our Town.”
You can see full list for this round of funding iin Nassau and Suffolk counties here.
As Briarcliffe College Closes, What Awaits in It's Place
Briarcliffe’s two campuses in Bethpage and Patchogue will be closing by the end of 2018, laying off its 294 employees and also halting their online courses. The for-profit, 4 year college had about 1,700 students enrolled in the four year college in 2014.
Feed the Need South Show to Hold 4th Annual Toy & Hot Meal Giveaway on December 26th
Feed the Need South Shore will be holding its 4th Annual Toy & Hot Meal Giveaway in East Islip this year to help those in need during the holiday season. This year’s event will be held by Teatro Yerbabruja Arts Center at 63 Carelton Avenue, Central Islip on December 26th from 10am until toys and food run out. This year’s Thanksgiving event fed over 2,250 residents while providing those in need with coats, blankets.
Due to the overwhelming need of the area, donations of toys for all ages and food are still being accepted until December 23rd. Those that are able to donate can email Feed the Need, or call (631) 336-6427. Cash donations which help the program operate can be donated via Paypal.
To volunteer for the event, you or a team can sign up starting Monday December 14th here. The cut-off date to sign up to volunteer will be December 21st. Due to the overwhelming generosity of volunteers during the holiday season, registration is required.
NYS Offers Disaster Prepareness Training Course
New York State is offering two hour training courses for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
The next Citizen Preparedness Corps workshop for Long Island will take place at the Riverhead Library at 330 Court Street on Saturday, January 9th at 2PM. Registration is required for the workshop- you can register here. For those unable to attend, web-based preparedness is available here.
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Conducts Annual Winter Drive
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless conducts an annual winter drive in order to ensure the safety and needs of those that are homeless on Long Island, living on the streets. Each year, volunteers pack “homeless kits” that include warm clothing, toiletries (travel size), and non-perishable foods. These kits are distributed to individuals that are living on the streets both during our annual homeless count in January and also during ongoing street outreach efforts throughout the winter months.
FEMA Accepting Applications for Assistance to Firefighters Grant
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that applications are being accepted for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for fiscal year 2015. Approximately 2500 grants will be awarded; this year’s total funding for the program will be $306 million.
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
The deadline to apply for the AFG grant is January 15th, 2015 at 5PM EST. For more information or to apply, click here.
Long Island Volunteer Center is Recruiting
The Long Island Volunteer Center is recruiting an AmeriCorps ReadyCorps member to serve between January 25 and November 24, 2016. Ready Corps, an AmeriCorps program implemented by Points of Light, creates disaster resilient communities by increasing preparedness of individuals and families through volunteer engagement. The applicant will work out of the Offices of Emergency Management in Nassau and Suffolk to improve preparedness of individuals and families, expand local preparedness networks, and support long-term recovery and sustainability efforts. This is a full time (40 hour per week) position.
Intern with Vision Long Island!
Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.
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Wishing You Happy Holidays and Remember to Shop Local!
As the Holiday season kicks into high gear and we move past the time of screaming crowds wrestling toys from each other's arms in the name of the almighty deal, it's important to remember local retailers can provide good deals with a lot less of the headache involved in fighting the crowd. Mom and Pop stores in your downtown are open and ready to help you with all your Holiday shopping, so don't forget to head on down and see what kind of deals you can find. You might just be able to find that one special deal or item that you couldn't find anywhere, and you'll help your neighbors in the process!
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