Central Islip Reveals Potential Finalists for $10M Central Islip DRI Grant

The Town of Islip has taken another step forward in the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant process and revealed potential finalists for the $10 million state grant.

Community members gathered at Central Islip High School to hear from Supervisor Angie Carpenter as she revealed the projects that had made the cut.  Proposals being considered for a revitalized Central Islip corridor include a new community park, connections to sewers, and a historic trail.  There are also three mixed-use apartments among the finalists as well as plans for improved streetscapes. 

The applicants for the grant currently total a little less than $15 million, with a planning committee set to vote on the final list of proposals.  Once that list is finalized it will be included in a strategic investment plan during a meeting next Monday.  That list will got to State officials, who will give final approval on which projects to fund.

Some residents did bring up traffic concerns as well as overcrowding in schools, while others talked about how the community was missing an opportunity by not expanding access to the LIRR station.  There was also some disappointment at the boundaries of the project, with community members hoping to see the grants improving a wider area of the neighborhood.

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