Economic Development

Hempstead IDA drives school bus company’s new HQ

By GREGORY ZELLER // The wheels on the bus go round and round in Hempstead, where the Industrial Development Agency has finally finalized an economic-incentives package for a leading school bus operator. Approved in September and closed Nov. 30, the Town of Hempstead IDA’s undisclosed tax-abatement deal will help Port Washington-based Dell Transportation Corp. acquire 1.37 acres at the intersection of Kellum Place and Union Place in the Village of Hempstead. Dell Transportation is planning…

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Central Islip snags $10M prize in Albany’s annual DRI

By GREGORY ZELLER // Following wins by Westbury in 2016 and Hicksville in 2017, Central Islip has earned the nod – and the $10 million prize – as the Long Island regional winner in Albany’s yearly downtown-revitalization competition. The 10 regional winners in the third-annual Downtown Regional Initiative contest – a statewide competitive-application process that doles out $10 million stipends to spruce up distressed downtowns in each of New York’s 10 economic-development zones – were…


Hempstead IDA’s busy (and slightly familiar) summer

By GREGORY ZELLER // We may be entering the dog days of summer, but the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency is hardly lying down on the job. The local IDA recently greenlighted two incentives deals designed to spur economic development, one in the Village of Valley Stream and one in the Village of Hempstead, both of which are part of Hempstead Town. The deals involve a residential complex and a retail site – less-common…


One year later, Hicksville’s downtown gears up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nearly a year after it was named the regional winner of Albany’s second-annual $100 million downtown-revitalization contest, Hicksville’s new downtown is beginning to take shape. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office this week announced the start of four “transformational projects” for downtown Hicksville, a census-designated hamlet within the Town of Oyster Bay, via the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award Hicksville won in August 2017. The “strategic, transit-oriented development investments” will increase access…


Hamptons Business District lands key tax deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // The evolving Hamptons Business District has received another substantial shot in the arm. The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has issued preliminarily approval of a new tax-abatement package that will help developer Rechler at Gabreski LLC construct its third building at the expanding Westhampton Beach business hub, located on the grounds of the county’s Francis S. Gabreski Airport. According to the IDA, the developer is investing $10.8 million in a construction plan at…


IDA brings Commack senior rentals closer to home

By GREGORY ZELLER // Senior citizens in Commack are still waiting to score, but the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has already earned an assist. The Suffolk IDA on Monday announced preliminary approval of an economic-development incentives package that will help bring a long-awaited, $26 million revitalization project to fruition – though the project, which would replace an old motel with an age-restricted rental community for residents 55 and older, still requires final approvals from…


Heavy-hitting LI BioMentor Initiative makes it official

By GREGORY ZELLER // A high-octane effort to unite regional bioentrepreneurs with qualified business mentors has formally launched – though the Long Island BioMentor Initiative is already quite busy. The LIBMI officially accepted its first program applications in a “launch event” Thursday morning at the de Seversky Mansion on the New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus. But the BioMentor Initiative is already a year into a “pilot phase,” according to founding mentor Mark…