Creating a New Downtown for Long Island’s Hicksville

Downtown HicksvilleBack in August 2017, Gov. Cuomo announced that New York State would spend $10 million to help create a walkable downtown in Hicksville, as part of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. Hicksville is the perfect candidate for a revitalization anchored by transit-oriented development. Its Long Island Rail Road station, which serves nearly 15,000 commuters a day, is already undergoing a $121 million renovation.

The new downtown would focus on projects that would create open space, foster mixed-use development, and ease traffic congestion. The grant gives a big boost to a years long effort to redevelop the area surrounding the hamlet’s Long Island Rail Road station. The plans are to redevelop the area into a vibrant neighborhood that could include retail stores, and other businesses at street level, and up to three floors of housing above.

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23 potential projects totaling more than $230 million in public and private funds, are vying for a piece of the $10 million state grant. Among the proposed, a centerpiece of mixed-use development with street level retail shops, topped with apartments, and parking garages behind them adding about 500,000 square feet of new development. In addition, a $40 million mixed-use development called 99 Hicksville Station Plaza, would have 200 apartments built above retail stores on Newbridge Road, and the expansion of a Lutheran school and day care facility. The largest single project would be four parking garages totaling $106 million in funding from the town, MTA, and private sources.

Separately proposed is a mixed-use development that would bring 596 rental apartments, and about 200,000 square feet of retail and office space to the 26.4-acre Hicksville Sears store property, which is not part of the town’s rezoning effort or the downtown revitalization area.

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The next planning committee meeting is scheduled for Feb. 15 where we will continue to follow downtown Hicksville’s transformation plans.

2018-08-20T10:23:18+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Long Island News|

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