Smart Talk October 12th – 19th, 2018

Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we review new plans for the Nassau HUB, check in on projects recommended for funding on Long Island, see plans for LIRR adjacent housing in Floral Park, and more…

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October 13th – 19th, 2018

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“This process is designed to succeed. We are accepting the [Town of Hempstead’s] low-density zoning and are flexible with the community. This is not a ‘take it or leave it’ strategy.” – RXR CEO and Chairman Scott Rechler speaking on new plans for the Nassau HUB

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Nassau HUB Developers Unveil New Plans for Project

Nassau HUB Developers BSE Global and RXR Realty have announced new plans for the project.

The first phase of the project is expected to begin by the end of 2019 and will build out 72 acres surrounding the coliseum to create a residential and commercial district.  This will include 500 housing units, 600,000 square feet of office and biotech research space, and 200,000 square feet of retail.  The developers have also laid out a time line for the project that includes outreach for the local community, legislative approval, and state funding.  Plans have also been revealed for two new hotels on the site located on the Uniondale property. 

The Nassau Legislature will hold a public meeting on November 27th to discuss an amended lease agreement that will allow the project to move forward.  A vote could be held as early as December and, if approved, would lead to the construction of two parking garages, new medical or research buildings, and some entertainment options. BSE and RXR are taking lessons from the past and have pledged to work from the ground up to build community support for the project.  Part of that will include holding meetings with local officials, civic and religious groups, school districts, and business leaders.

“This process is designed to succeed,” said RXR CEO and Chairman Scott Rechler. “We are accepting the [Town of Hempstead’s] low-density zoning and are flexible with the community. This is not a ‘take it or leave it’ strategy.”

However, future plans will rely on the County securing state funding for portions of the project.  Some monies have already been secured for parking and to bring modern medical research facilities to the area.  Though some of the plans changed, the funding is still there including $20 million that Nassau plans to use to help lure an anchor life sciences firm.  An additional $20 million is being sought for three new pedestrian bridges to the site as well as a further $10 to $20 million to create a bus rapid transit system. 

The BRT would connect the HUB with Mineola and Hempstead LIRR stations.  NICE bus will be involved in the transportation planning at the beginning of this process so the coordination needed for public transportation will not be an afterthought.

Vision is encouraged to see the HUB development lift off again with upcoming meetings planned in local communities. We have been longstanding supporters of redevelopment at the Nassau HUB but have been clear that the Town of Hempstead’s existing zoning district is designed to create an auto-oriented strip as opposed to a true walkable destination. Variances will be needed to change setbacks and street widths to create a true place that is worthy of many years of planning

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has been working to move this stalled project forward and she was able to brief our Board of Directors last month on site progress. Vision served on the HUB Advisory Committee, which recommended a RFEI process that generated over 15 substantive responses for the area.

You can read more here.

39 Long Island Projects Recommended for Funding

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has recommended 39 priority projects for funding from New York State and, of those, several downtown projects will receive some much-appreciated attention.

Some of the more notable projects on the list that received funding included Lynbrook’s downtown revitalization, the Wyandanch Community Resource Center, Estella Housing Infrastructure (a mixed-use infrastructure endeavor by Concern for Independent Living), a new parking garage in Patchogue, expansion of the East End Children’s Museum into Riverhead, Parking expansion in Northport Village for Engeman Theater, connecting sewers in downtown Central Islip, Southampton Arts Center outdoor enhancement, and more.

The total cost of the 39 recommended projects was a little more than $129 million.  Albany will now consider which projects among these and recommendations from the other Regional Economic Development Council will receive the funding.  Governor Cuomo will announce the winners in December.

You can read further details on these and all 39 recommended LI projects here.

Congratulations to the Winners of LIBN’s Top 50 Women in Business

Vision Board and staff were out in support of the LI Business News Annual Top 50 Women in Business Awards.

This year’s honorees included Vision’s Assistant Director Tawaun Weber along with Vision Board member, Maribeth Pietropaoli of 1st Equity Title, and our partner at the Suffolk Chambers Gina Coletti.

Smart Growth supporters from across the region were also honored with Tara Bono from Empower Solar, Christina Matheison from Trinity Solar, Joanne Engeldrum from Rivkin Radler, Marlo Dilts from LI Board of Realtors, and Andrea Curto from Forcelli Deegan Terrana were also honored.

Vision would like to send heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of the 50 deserving women who were honored at this event.

Floral Park Seeks Growth with LIRR Adjacent Apartments

The Village of Floral Park is looking to add new housing option with a bevy of new apartments planned for the area surrounding the LIRR station.

37 rental units are set to begin construction very soon on a LIRR-adjacent site according to Mayor Dominick Longobardi.  Five of the new apartments will be located above a restaurant being built to replace the recently closed Koenig’s restaurant, while the others will be built in a new building across the street.

There is also a deal currently in the works to sell and redevelop Centennial Hall, a former Masonic Temple located a block away from the station.  That project is expected to deliver a further 16 to 18 apartments in the downtown that considers itself “a town within a town.”

“We’re hoping it gives opportunities to bring younger families in who can’t afford to buy a house yet,” said Mayor Longobardi, “and also for some of our seniors who don’t want to keep their homes but don’t want to leave.”

You can read more here.

East Farmingdale Vision Project Ending

The Town of Babylon has announced that the East Farmingdale Vision project will be officially brought to a close, bringing to a close several years of planning for the development.

Vision Long Island has received a number of inquiries on this turn of events, but we have not reviewed the final document and will comment more formally when we do.  In the meantime, here is what we know.

Vision staff attended a couple of the informational sessions that had sparse turnout and were aware of the process. It was good to see the East Farmingdale Civic and some of the property owners plugged into the meetings and the feedback on the initial proposal of six-story buildings and 2700 units of housing was understandably negative.  It is our understanding that a revised proposal of four-story buildings and less units were proposed as an alternate, but at that point opposition had already set in.

This episode is another reason why it is critical to work closely with local community, business and municipal leadership well before plans become a scale that is unacceptable to the area. We hope some projects that could complement the potential opening of an East Farmingdale train station move forward and those can be planned on a site by site basis within the jurisdiction of the Town of Babylon.

You can read more about the end of the East Farmingdale project here.

Vision Speaks at Bethpage Community Council Meeting

Vision was happy to be invited speak with the Bethpage Community Council last week on opportunities to revitalize their downtown area.

The organization represents all of the community, business groups, and services for the neighborhood and a robust discussion of ideas for their Broadway downtown area were put forward.  Vision originally connected with the Council almost two decades ago when we were largely in Huntington as a community organization.  Much has changed in the market and various downtown projects we have worked on since then.

We look forward to continuing the conversation with these dedicated local leaders.  Special thanks to Teri Black and the leadership of the Council for the invitation.

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, shopgreatneck.com.

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 www.westburybid.org 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.

Sustainable Living Film Series Presents Albatross on November 19th

The Sustainable Living Film Series will be showing a free screening of the film Albatross.  The film documents how plastic pollution has wreaked havoc on a community of 50 albatross in the North Pacific Ocean and draws many parallels to how such pollution can effect Long Island waterways. 

The screening will take place on Monday, November 19th at the Madison Theatre located at Molloy College in Rockville Centre.  Doors open at 6:30 pm with the film beginning at 7:00.  Registration is free for this event and you can register by texting MASC ALBA to 56512. 

For more information about the screening, please call 516-323-4513.  You can view the trailer here.

League of Women Voters Launches Electronic Ballot Guide for General Election

The League’s electronic nonpartisan candidate voter guide: www.VotingNewYork.org is now LIVE.

Currently candidate information is available for all candidates running in the general election including: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, US Senate, Congress, State Assembly, and State Senate. The League is continuing to update local county, town, and village races as county boards of elections complete their ballot certification process.

Candidate information includes biographical information and responses to questions posed by the League, as well as links to candidates’ social media and campaign websites.

The League has also created a paper ballot guide which features all statewide candidates and US Senate candidates. A PDF of that guide, or Voter Guide Part II, as well as information about voter registration, absentee voting, and upcoming candidate forums taking place in their area and/or across the state is available on the League’s website: www.lwvny.org

Smart Talk

Editor:
Eric Alexander, Director

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

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