Neighboring Communities to the Nassau HUB Development Assemble to hear next steps for the Project

Neighboring communities to the Nassau HUB development assembled last week to hear next steps for the project.

Over 130 local community and small business leaders were out this week to hear from Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead on the planning process for the proposed Nassau HUB redevelopment.  The meeting was assembled by local leaders from the five surrounding communities of East Meadow/Salisbury, Uniondale, Garden City, Hempstead/Roosevelt, and Westbury/Carle Place.

The session was not intended to express support or opposition to, as yet unfiled, plans but simply open a productive dialogue with the project’s neighbors.

The two-hour meeting featured a presentation from Evlyn Tsimis, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development, on the County’s Development Plan Agreement, which outlines a two-year schedule for project planning, including establishment of a Community Advisory Committee to offer input into a Community Benefits Agreement.    Nassau County elected officials who spoke also included legislators Laura Schaefer, Tom McKevitt and John Ferretti.

Rich Regina, attorney to the Hempstead Town Board, covered the elements of the Town’s SEQR process that will commence once the project is submitted. Town of Hempstead elected officials who presented also included Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Dennis Dunne.

Over 30 questions from the group included the components of the community benefits agreements, jobs and job training for local residents, bus service, parking, traffic and marketing of the development area identity and school district impacts.   The economic impact or benefit to local businesses was also raised along with how utility and public services will cover the site.   The questions related to a specific proposal were premature but both the Town and the County pledged to incorporate as many questions into their respective review processes and provide answers as the project commences.  

Representatives from the RXR Realty, BSE Global team were in the room and introduced themselves to the audience and committed to schedule future outreach sessions in local communities.  They also agreed to take part in the next Nassau HUB multi-community meeting.

The mood in the room was collaborative and hopeful.   The County and the Town pledged to work together with the developer and the leaders from the impacted communities to bring forward a successful project.

“We welcome this productive dialogue with local community leaders as we move this exciting project forward, and will continue to stay engaged throughout this process,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.

“It is important to recognize we all want smart and carefully planned  economic growth to come to our town and county. Having the facts before us all will provide for much clarity and move this project successfully forward,” said Town of Hempstead Senior Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby.

“Pleased to be a part of this vibrant group committed to embracing the economic opportunities for the betterment of all surrounding communities. Like the Baldwin Revitalization Project, we need to continue to move forward with these vital long overdue projects that will not only help our communities today, but tomorrow”.—Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney.

“I am very happy to have been included in this collaboration of communities looking to work together and in conjunction with RXR on the future development of the HUB.  The success of this development is of great import to Nassau County and working together is the only way to bring it to fruition,“ said Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer.

“In such a short period of time our five communities, with the help and support from Vision Long island, worked together to make this meeting a reality… and the great success that it was.  We all have a common goal, the success of the HUB.  Positive community involvement along the way is the key. We look forward to future meetings, getting everyone together again, once RXR’s plans for the site start to unfold.” Frank Camarano, East Meadow Chamber of Commerce

“Uniondale looks forward to positive development and we are happy to be recognized with significance, as the host community of this project where local input matters.”Jeannine Maynard, Co-Facilitator, Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition (GUAAC)

“I’m very happy that the Hempstead community could be present at the sharing of preliminary information on the Nassau HUB project.   To collectively hear from our neighboring communities and the desire to make this project great for us all speaks volumes.”  Dennis Jones, Hempstead Chamber of Commerce

“It’s good to see the surrounding communities, discuss in a positive fashion the Hub development project that ultimately will be constructed in the next few years. Working with the developer, community leaders and politicians for the better good is a refreshing sight in these times. “  Michael Ventre, Garden City Chamber of Commerce

“The redevelopment of the HUB property has been in discussion for decades and should be advanced in a reasonable manner after careful consideration.  Part of the process must include input from, and address the concerns of, the affected communities.  While the development will certainly bring challenges, it is something that must go forward in order to attract good jobs, provide diverse and affordable housing options and bring other uses to that underutilized land.  Nassau needs projects like this, done right, to make the region sustainable going forward for our kids and their kids.” Village of Westbury Mayor, Peter Cavallaro

The meeting was sponsored by and featured the participation of: Nassau County, Town of Hempstead, East Meadow Chamber of Commerce, Village of Westbury, Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army Nassau County, Uniondale Chamber of Commerce, Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition, Uniondale Community Land Trust, Garden City Chamber of Commerce, Community Association of Stewart Ave, Council of East Meadow Community Organizations, the Salisbury Center & Vision Long Island.

The ad hoc group that put the meeting together will act as a clearinghouse for local information on the HUB and hold a future meeting with the developer to provide input as more detailed plans for the project emerge.

You can read more in Long Island Business News here and the Herald publication here, and view an unedited video of the event here.