Downtown Revitalization Initiative

No. 358: Softheon speeding, Central Islip redeveloping and Vision Long Island seeing things a little differently

  Done deal: You’ve made it, dear reader – it’s Friday, Nov. 16, another week of socioeconomic progress is in the books and another weekend (followed by a blessedly short holiday week) lies ahead. Make a day of it: To our Icelandic readers, happy Dagur íslenskrar tungu. To all members of the United Nations, remember to observe the International Day for Tolerance. It’s also National Fast Food Day. Only in America. Live at five: Now…


20 years and still smartening up at Vision Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // Before downtown redevelopment was cool, there was Vision Long Island. Today, it seems, everyone is doing it: “Transit-oriented development” is in, Albany doles out $10 million checks to stir the pot and some 40 Long Island downtown districts are in some revivalist phase – a “coalition of the willing,” according to Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, who remembers a time not long ago when things were a little different. “When…


No. 330: Fine wines, twice the coding, a $10M score for Central Islip and littering on Venus

Spend your bread, lose your head: You’ve done the five-day drag once more, dear readers, and if you’ve had Friday on your mind, congratulations – you’ve made it. It’s Aug. 10 out there, also known as International Biodiesel Day, marking the date in 1893 when German mechanical engineer Rudolph Diesel used nothing but peanut oil to power a simple engine. Mean time: Construction began on Aug. 10, 1675, on the Royal Observatory in Greenwich –…


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…


Albany pumps $10M into a new downtown Hicksville

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hicksville has won the regional round of New York State’s second-annual $100 million downtown-redevelopment contest. The Nassau County hamlet in the Town of Oyster Bay will pocket $10 million in a ceremony scheduled to be hosted Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Hicksville beat out nearly two dozen Long Island municipalities vying for the regional award, which is managed by the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, one of many competitive-funding programs launched by…


Bell rings for Round 2 of $100M downtown initiative

New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative is back for a $100 million second round. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of Round 2 of the program, which will once again offer monetary and other support to the creation of Strategic Investment Plans for rebuilding efforts in 10 designated downtown communities across the state. The initiative, part of a “comprehensive approach” to neighborhood and economic transformations across New York, looks to “build upon the successful…