Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, and the Town Board were recognized for their planned Baldwin Revitalization project by Vision Long Island at the 2017 Smart Growth Awards. The redevelopment of Downtown Baldwin is the centerpiece of the township’s Urban Renewal Plan for the hamlet’s business district. The township recently entered into a contract with a highly regarded development group that is charged with bringing about a major transformative development project that will redefine the west side of Grand Avenue immediately north of Merrick Road and the north side of Merrick Road to the west of Grand Avenue.
“This vision is years in the making and I am honored to be recognized by Vision Long Island for our efforts to bring sustainable and forward-looking development to downtown Baldwin,” said Santino. “Transforming the Baldwin business district will create an attractive community destination and will create much needed economic activity for the hamlet of Baldwin.”
The annual Vision Long Island Smart Growth Awards showcases the “best in class” of people and projects that represent the transformation of downtowns and investment in infrastructure for Long Island communities.
The development contract set forth an agenda and timetable for an urban renewal project that is spearheaded by the highly regarded development group, Engel Burman-Basser Kaufman (EB-BK) and Hempstead Town officials. The developer has indicated that it wants the site to include mixed-use development featuring residential homes atop retail and restaurant businesses.
“We are happy to award the leadership of the Town of Hempstead for approving a redevelopment plan for Grand Ave in Baldwin and for coordinating with Nassau County for future improvements,” said the director of Vision Long Island, Eric Alexander. “The Baldwin residents and business leaders are in support and it is good to see the Town assist in implementing their vision.”
Hempstead Town will be taking a proactive role in creating a building development zone. During the 90 days that immediately succeeded the contract approval, Hempstead Town has been in the process of will completing all appraisals of properties in the urban renewal zone that are being considered for redevelopment. The town is also pursuing property transfer/use approvals from local governments whose properties would/could be impacted by the project. The town’s municipal parking field is within the urban renewal zone, as is a Nassau County storm drainage culvert. A small parcel of fire district property may also be impacted.
“I look forward to putting a shovel in the ground to start construction of this development in downtown Baldwin,” concluded Santino. “Our pursuit of economic growth for this area led us to create a progressive partnership between town government and private sector developers to ensure visionary growth.”