Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, along with the entire Hempstead Town Board, today unanimously selected developers to implement a Baldwin Urban Renewal Plan. Members of the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, Baldwin community leaders and residents were on hand to support the Town Board’s selection of Basser-Kaufman and Engel Burman, two highly respected developers.
With the Town Board’s blessing, the designees are now assigned to the task of completing the development of the Grand Avenue Urban Renewal Area, which encompasses Grand Avenue and surrounding blocks located to the north and south of Merrick Road.
“We’re proud to take this important step toward the development of Baldwin’s business district,” Santino said. “Today’s designation is the result of our ongoing partnership with local businesses, community leaders and neighbors to develop a vision and move toward the redevelopment of this important commercial area.”
“Selecting these two developers is a crucial step toward enhancing an important area for business and commerce in the Baldwin community,” Goosby said. “With the developers chosen, we can now focus on getting a shovel in the ground and working toward a new and improved Grand Avenue,” King Sweeney added. “We look forward to working with the selected developers and the community to achieve a renewed downtown business district in Baldwin.”
The designation of developers for the Urban Renewal Plan represents significant strides in what is a collaborative effort between Hempstead Town government and Baldwin community and business leaders. This comes on the heels of a partnership between the Town of Hempstead, the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and local business owners to develop Baldwin’s “Pride Park.” The park is now beautifully landscaped public parkland in the heart of the community’s business district.
In recent years, the Town of Hempstead has made streetscape improvements to Baldwin’s downtown area, including the installation of Victorian street lamps, brick-paved walkways and attractive benches and trash receptacles. Other downtown projects that the town has implemented include storefront façade upgrades to some businesses along Merrick Road and the east side of Grand Avenue, north of Merrick Road.
“Working together with these developers and the Baldwin’s civic and business leaders, as well as Baldwin neighbors, the future is certainly bright for the community’s downtown,” Santino said. “We look forward to crafting the vision and completing downtown redevelopment that Baldwin neighbors can take pride in for years to come.”